Canonical To Launch Some Sort Of Ubuntu Developer Site
The development discussion surrounding whether Ubuntu 11.04 should default to the classic GNOME desktop rather than the Unity Desktop being developed in-house at Canonical is ongoing. One of the latest discussions is over the lack of system tray support in Ubuntu 11.04 Unity and the new style of application notifications. An interesting comment was just posted by one of Canonical's employees.
Matthew Paul Thomas, a Canonical employeee working on Ubuntu's design team, had just sent the following message to the ubuntu-devel list:
It's not all or nothing -- it's been a very gradual change.
The comments regarding the Ubuntu 11.10 are what's interesting. Evidently by Ubuntu 11.10, there will be a "real developer site" for "Ubuntu APIs."
One of the gripes among mainstream ISVs with regard to Linux is the lack of -- proper -- documentation and stable APIs. Canonical may now be attempting to correct this, but for some it may be a concern that this site is for "Ubuntu APIs" if Canonical continues pushing out their own APIs (such as for the application indicators) that may not be fully supported upstream by other Linux projects and distributions, still leading to a fragmented mess.
Ubuntu 11.10 is codenamed Oneiric Ocelot and will be released this October. When we have more information on this expected Ubuntu developer web-site, we'll pass it along.
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