I think you really nailed it. Would upvote you if had modpoints today.
Making your business model depend on advertisements shifts the focus of your enterprise absolutely.
Well before the internet, magazines and newspapers relied on advertisements so I fail to see where the "shift of focus" is.
This happens in Italy too. I guess it happens in most of the EU.
I have the feeling most people here don't get what "people" means for Ubuntu. Ubuntu targets a mass market. Former Linux geeks (like you and me) will always have plenty of alternatives. We can even build our Linux flavor if we really have to. Ubuntu is totally different. It is for common people that couldn't care less about privacy or technical issues. Obviously they cannot say this openly as the current Linux community is really useful to them for now.
It's pretty sad that in 2013 just pronouncing Marx's name sparks such a shitload of purely ideological comments from people that never actually read any of his books. Well, I think he must have been onto something if he's still perceived as controversial after 1.5 centuries.
And one where you can be the evil guy if you actually got your predictions right. (I'm thinking Marx here).
Well, centralized or distributed management of updates does not radically change the model.
This is how Mac and Windows have always worked. So no need to talk about mobile in this regard.
I think the most sane approach would be too keep doing releases for the "core system", i.e. kernel and libraries. Applications are the "leaves" in the package dependencies graph and could be made rolling without compromising stability.
How is this Informative? It's just an opinion, a totally unsupported one.
And btw, your "part of the allure was beryl/compiz" recollection is telling. Ever you ever thought that maybe Canonical is going after a more mainstream target than people who enjoyed playing with Beryl and Emerald?
You'll hate *much* more the day the H.264 licensing moster raises its ugly head.
Next round for starting asking for licensing fees is 2015
Please mod up parent! No mod points today for me.
Oh and check, as I did, what a Field sobriety test is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drunk_driving_in_the_United_States#Field_sobriety_tests
What's in a name...
When most repetitive work is done by machines and productivity goes sky-high, unemployment will not rise at all. Society will just focus on other tasks that were previously not achievable. Automation began 100 years ago and it hasn't caused mass unemployment.
they at least care about a future war where not everyone has to get killed.
And what about working towards not having a future war at all?