This may not surprise some and others yes, maybe the fanboys will come out with pikes and torches to defend Ubuntu, but this decision you are taking Canonical it is nowhere good or accurate, not in my opinion.
First of all, I clarify that I am an Ubuntu user, I like the distro and I know how to use it beyond what a normal user knows, so comments from "You are noob for using Ubuntu, Ubuntu sucks" things like that, abstain, if they are going to comment better do it with bases.
And flat, i don't like this idea simply because it totally goes against the development of a Linux distribution and excludes the developer community, relegating them only to being Ubuntu app programmers, which seems disrespectful to me. I will not deny that for me, Unity has been improving or that the Amazon integration by default it is a mistake (in my view), but this from "Make the development process private" It seems to me total nonsense, let's see the reasons:
"We realized that critics are always going to be critical, whether you discuss new ideas with them or not"
That's what Mark Shuttleworth says on the subject. Well, as Jack the Ripper said, let's go in parts:
First of all, and let it be clear: keeping the development process private does not mean that they will shut down Ubuntu code That's for the tabloids who sometimes read just the title and run to comment. In simple words, they are not going to say what they are doing or anything until they post everything, including code.
Now, the critics are going to be critical ... So is it wrong for someone to criticize what Canonical does and they can't convince him otherwise? I am sorry but that is a very authoritarian position, I must say, and I do not see it favorably.
Some say it is an attempt by Canonical to get more publicity, as speculation is going to be flying throughout the development cycle and when it falls all day of launch we will see how the reviews, both good and bad, explode. And since the changes could not have been scrutinized while they were shown in the development, the discussion among the members of the community will be more explosive.
The truth is that I, very personally speaking, do not support this decision at all and it seems to me a terrible move that does not speak well of Canonical or Mark Shuttleworth because first it shows that in the long run it does not matter to him the value that ideas have and / or reviews from the community, both good and bad. It also shows that more and more people will want to implement a more and more authoritarian development cycle, which does not seem right to me either. They show a total disregard for the contributions that the community can make to Ubuntu relegating them to simple programmers of apps or functionalities for the user (it is not that being front-end is simple or bad, but that those who are not front, will not be able to do what they like). Also the fact of that possible search for advertising, but generating flames like it doesn't add up to me a bit.
It is something very mine and from where for now, I can not get too many more things without being redundant. What if I would like to see what you think about it.