No one said otherwise.Ubuntu has utilized a lot more parts from other distro's than Android.
The android patches change a total of 7000 lines of code, compared to a total of 15 million. That is about 0.05%, and is as many lines of code changed in total as Red Hat has patches.
Android patches are being merged upstream. You can boot android with a regular Linux kernel as of 3.3, and a lot of other things have been merged since then. They are planning to and are on track to merge all of their changes.
Alright, thanks for the links.
Perhaps this is a bit of a silly argument, but am I the only one here who thinks that those new apps just look really ugly? :P
Joking aside, I usually appreciate it when a group tries to make a nice, uniform experience the way Canonical is trying right now. But, I don't trust they have the technical background for it. Their reasoning for doing things seems a little lackluster, almost spur of the moment. For instance, Mir... The developers even claimed that they don't fully understand Wayland, yet they dismissed it. Unity, Mir, Bazaar, Launchpad (though I appreciate this one), and countless other projects that are under the Canonical umbrella directly compete with existing, perfectly viable solutions. Mark Shuttleworth also loves to exaggerate and make up statements as well, and that definitely does not help their case in my opinion. And many of the decisions that Canonical has made have large potentially negative impacts to existing projects and communities. Besides, we already have enough trouble with drivers and such... Now graphics drivers will have to support both Wayland AND Mir... Though Canonical employee Christopher Rogers suggests that that isn't too much of a problem: https://plus.google.com/113883146362...ts/QwMqCgC7c9G
Back to the whole unified experience thing... While I know that the apps that they are writing are not very difficult to write, the state that they tend to release things is also worrisome to me. Remember when Unity was first released? The shock of that initial experience was enough to keep me from appreciating the interface today still. Perhaps it is just me, but I feel Canonical enjoys calling beta or sometimes even alpha quality software stable. Hope they don't do the same here... Also, they can do what they want with this but I don't really see much of a point, writing so much featureless software...
Mir is completely different, because there is no real goo reason for it - to the end user, it should be invisible, and they shouldn't be able to tell if the OS is running Wayland or Mir. The only issue is if 1 system actually has more capabilities of some sort, which it sounds like won't be the case. Also, i have no confidence that Canonical has the resources to successfully pull off a complicated low-level project like Mir. Certainly not within the short timeframe they've specified.