mether's Fedora Blog

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On misleading media

I periodically find articles that leap beyond facts and makes assumptions or written in a deliberately misleading way and this is unfortunate because it creates user confusion and prioritizes advertising rating based on hits over good reporting.   The recent article about Fedora moving to Unity is a good example.   The author very well understands the title to be nowhere near accurate and yet persists on it even though all the comments so far have pointed out this problem.  Calling it a blog does not excuse one for a professional stand point to write crap.    While, we are in the subject of Unity and Fedora,  I am all for getting it packaged and made available to Fedora users.  It is a Free software desktop environment user interface and a alternative to GNOME Shell developed and promoted by Canonical.   I believe Canonical’s copyright assignment policy is harmful to itself and not healthy for the Free software community on the whole.  GNOME has a explicit policy about copyright assignment which makes it impossible for Unity to become part of GNOME as it currently stands but such competing projects can benefit each other and the GNOME ecosystem as long as they don’t splinter the platform in the process of doing so.

Written by mether

December 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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  1. agreed, and to make it clear: I think that having Unity packaged in other distributions should help to avoid the scenario where it ‘splinters the platform’.

    Adam Williamson

    December 7, 2010 at 1:56 am


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