Agree Jack. Shuttleworth attempted a difficult balancing act with Canonical, but recall his original intention! I recall years ago, he realized there were still a market of 5 billion people who had not yet even entered the computing tent as yet (in developing nations). I like that he wasn't even concerned with the already established markets (Mac/Win) and focused on those who weren't even in the conversation yet. For that, he will always have my respect. All this down in the weeds with Mir/Wayland/Unity/GNOME is such low-level white noise which, in 6 months or a year, won't be worth talking about again.
Between Linus, the Kernel community, the LF and others, it's so clear that no one commercial entity will ever 'control' GNU/Linux. Let Canonical do whatever it is they want to do. I too think, that whatever Canoncial does, they certainly 'do no harm' to the larger GNU/FOSS/Linux ecosphere.
It took me all of 5 minutes to realize how much Unity was a game changer and it's value over other interfaces to date (yes, a couple rough patches at first, like all good FOSS) - and this is from a person who uses i3 as their main WM. Love or hate, Unity does stand on it's own as a valid design concept and interface.
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