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KDE's Aaron Seigo Bashes Ubuntu Phone 92

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sfcrazy writes "KDE's Plasma Active team leader Aaron Seigo has raised some concerns around Ubuntu Phone. He says 'We can start with the obvious clue: Unity currently does not use QML at all; Ubuntu Phone is pure QML. So, no, it is not the same code, it is not the sort of seamless cross-device technology bridge that they are purporting.' He then concludes, 'If you're a Free software developer, user and/or supporter and buying into these claims, I don't know how else to put it other than this: you're being duped. Consider what supporting those who employ such tactics means for Free software.'"
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KDE's Aaron Seigo Bashes Ubuntu Phone

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  • Is this the same guy that tried to sell Kickoff launcher as being "One Click"?
    • Re:Hrm (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:08PM (#42929233)

      No, it's just Michael over at moronix who needs more clicks, so he misrepresents what someone says to get them. Slashdot gets on the bus for the same purpose. News at 11.

      • Mod Parent Up! (Score:5, Informative)

        by Carewolf (581105) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:24PM (#42929367) Homepage

        There is almost no correlation between this story headline and the actual content Aaron wrote. Among other things Aaron wrote:

        I want to make it crystal clear that I think Ubuntu Phone a great thing to see; more Free software mobile efforts, particularly ones using Qt/QML, warm my insides like a good bowl of soup on a cold winter's night

        • Re:Mod Parent Up! (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:39PM (#42929939)

          The question is, if all of you can see how obvious it is that the editors here are misleading people to sell a few ad clicks, why are you still visiting the site? I had considered making an account to post this but to be honest I'd really rather not bother. I'd rather not help the editors make a buck off another pointless flame-war that THEY FUCKING STARTED!

          I'm not saying that any other site is any better, but Slashdot used to be one of my favorites. I think I'm now getting a glimpse of exactly what made Malda retire from his post. The flame-war monster that he created has spun out of even his control so he got out while the getting was good. With any luck this place will go the way of digg.

          • by roc97007 (608802)

            > The question is, if all of you can see how obvious it is that the editors here are misleading people to sell a few ad clicks, why are you still visiting the site?

            The same reason I sometimes read the mail in my spam folder. Because it's amusing.

          • by Carewolf (581105)

            The question is, if all of you can see how obvious it is that the editors here are misleading people to sell a few ad clicks, why are you still visiting the site? I had considered making an account to post this but to be honest I'd really rather not bother. I'd rather not help the editors make a buck off another pointless flame-war that THEY FUCKING STARTED!

            I am not sure they did it entirely intentional. The story was just so flamy-delicious looking they forgot to check it was actually true.

          • by CAIMLAS (41445)

            It's a sad thing to see, really. Slashdot was the machine through which many of us saw all the awesomeness of the early years of the "world wide web" and when we cut our teeth on technology - I'd say 1997 through 2003, roughly. So it's sad to see stuff like this, particularly when we remember how it used to be, and how there really isn't much left on the Internet that's similar to "how it used to be" to such a large degree as even slashdot.

          • "The question is, if all of you can see how obvious it is that the editors here are misleading people to sell a few ad clicks, why are you still visiting the site?"

            For one thing, it helps to know what kind of falsehoods the proletariat are buying into, and the actual truth, so that I know enough to counter it when I hear it.

        • Pot and kettle (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Dcnjoe60 (682885) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @05:45PM (#42930795)

          There is almost no correlation between this story headline and the actual content Aaron wrote. Among other things Aaron wrote:

          I want to make it crystal clear that I think Ubuntu Phone a great thing to see; more Free software mobile efforts, particularly ones using Qt/QML, warm my insides like a good bowl of soup on a cold winter's night

          So then the question becomes "Why is this false story being posted on slashdot?" Is it that the OP wants to slander KDE or Ubuntu or maybe slashdot itself? We all regularly complain about mainstream media and yellow journalism, so how come slashdot isn't doing something about this story?

          • Re:Pot and kettle (Score:5, Interesting)

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @06:42PM (#42931113)

            And if Slashdot (and DICE) won't do something about this story, why aren't its readers doing the open source thing and "forking" Slashdot to something better. Make a new website, just like Slashdot, except with responsible editors (or any editors, for that matter).

          • So then the question becomes "Why is this false story being posted on slashdot?"

            Well, if you took the trouble to do such an unorthodox thing as reading the article, you might find out. Try it, it's only a few paragraphs.

            • by Dcnjoe60 (682885)

              So then the question becomes "Why is this false story being posted on slashdot?"

              Well, if you took the trouble to do such an unorthodox thing as reading the article, you might find out. Try it, it's only a few paragraphs.

              I did read it and that is why it begs the question. What is slashdot's motiviation in promoting this particular controversy?

        • Re:Mod Parent Up! (Score:5, Insightful)

          by segedunum (883035) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @06:29PM (#42931029)
          Nevertheless, Aaron is pretty critical of Ubuntu Phone, and frankly, he has a point. Ubuntu is not using the common codebase they try and claim and their use of Qt and QML in their phone is pretty amusing. They've wasted large sums of time and money over the years going down many different software avenues over the years, Gnome being one (and worse, doing a great deal to hurt others in the process), only to decide years later that they really needed to create Unity and then they decide that the mast they have nailed their development colours to is not good enough for phone and mobile development.

          It's the kind of thing that doesn't make me interested in any form of desktop or GUI open source development and hasn't for years. It's the same old bullshit. Pardon my French but Ubuntu either needs to either produce something worthwhile and useful that will move open source desktop and GUI usage forwards dramatically or they need to run out of Shuttleworth's cash and fuck off.
          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            "Pardon my French but Ubuntu either needs to either produce something worthwhile and useful that will move open source desktop and GUI usage forwards dramatically or they need to run out of Shuttleworth's cash and fuck off."

            But traditionally, GUI is really not a "part" of Linux at all. It is an add-on. Thus X, and Gnome, and KDE. I don't mention Unity because I don't think it's worth mentioning... I view it as a niche attempt to corner the Linux interface market, which is likely doomed to fail.

            I have been using Kubuntu -- the semi-official KDE Ubuntu -- for years. I like it, it's stable, and the interface with least surprise. It does what I want, when I want, and it doesn't try to "integrate" things that do not need to be,

          • Nevertheless, Aaron is pretty critical of Ubuntu Phone, and frankly, he has a point.

            So he does. It doesn't necessarily mean Ubuntu Phone is a total crock of shit, it's just that it's not really the platform they imply it is. (Now what would be really cool would be a Slackware phone...)

            What struck me, however, on following the link at the bottom of the article pointing to release of the phone product on 21st Feb, the first thing I saw was that YouTube clip of Stallman talking about Ubuntu and spyware.

          • I probably should not go on about this, but I think it needs to be said. "Social Networking" is in its infancy, AND some of the bigger services (I'm looking at you, Facebook and Google) are notorious privacy invaders. Trying to actually make them part of the desktop is grossly premature, or even inappropriate. For the people who want them (and maybe they want some service OTHER than the ones that are built-in), there are perfectly good apps. We do not need -- and in my case I do not want -- them to be "inte
          • Re:Mod Parent Up! (Score:4, Informative)

            by TractorBarry (788340) on Monday February 18, 2013 @08:00AM (#42934077) Homepage

            > It's the kind of thing that doesn't make me interested in any form of desktop or GUI open source development and hasn't for years. It's the same old bullshit

            Wish I had mod points today I'd mod this right up ! +10 insightful.

            The latest Gnome/Unity fiascos has put me completely off desktop Linux. There are so many areas of Linux that are in desperate need of improvement (pro audio apps, pro image manipulation apps, pro video apps) - not to mention all the usability bugs that never get fixed.

            But what do the developers do ? Continually fuck around with the desktop metaphor, keep breaking things, continually "reinvent the wheel" (extremely badly), or needlessly trying to push new paradigms down our throats. "Hey we haven't rewritten subsystem X this week so let's throw out what we've got (thereby conveniently ignoring all the bugs) and let's write something entirely new (with all nwe bugs that will never be fixed) instead".

            It's a huge, huge waste of time.

            Not to mention the fact I'd got quite a number of people in my locaility to start using Ubuntu. When they pulled that Unity shit every single one of them was on my case complaining how the latest updates had broken their computer and "how can we get rid of this rubbish ?"

            Desktop linux is a waste of time. Excellent server. Complete waste of time as a desktop. Constantly moving operational metaphors, not enough pro quality apps and no desire to fix bugs (let's make new buggy, shitty "shiny" instead)

            There I've said it.

            • The latest Gnome/Unity fiascos has put me completely off desktop Linux.

              Quite the opposite here.

              Indeed at first it did shake my confidence but it also made me look at the DE alternatives, which turn out to be many. There are even forks of Gnome 2, possible only because of open source. That flexibility has given me greater confidence.

            • by iampiti (1059688)
              At least with open source you can fork. The computer stores over here are plastered with Microsoft flyers trying to convince people that Windows 8 is great and very easy to use with keyboard and mouse (*groan*).
              I feel sorry for the sales guys who have to convince people to buy computers with Windows 8.
              It almost makes me want to give a hand to Reactos to try to make a open source Windows clone.
          • by KugelKurt (908765)

            Nevertheless, Aaron is pretty critical of Ubuntu Phone, and frankly, he has a point. Ubuntu is not using the common codebase they try and claim

            Maybe I've looked at the wrong websites but I have yet to see a claim that both desktop Unity and phone Unity are written using the same codebase. I just saw the claim that one application's Qt codebase can be used on both systems and that's completely true. Canonical wrote various bits and pieces even quite some time ago to make sure that Qt applications utilize indicators, global menus, etc.
            Canonical also rewrote at least their UbuntuOne desktop client in Qt a while ago. Canonical also forked MeeGo's Qt-b

          • by KugelKurt (908765)

            It's the kind of thing that doesn't make me interested in any form of desktop or GUI open source development and hasn't for years.

            Obviously wrong because if you weren't interested, you'd not even read such stories, let alone comment on them.

  • Language of choice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:05PM (#42929207)

    Man, if only there was a way to take code written for one display device and. what's a good word, "compile" it into a program that uses a different display device.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:07PM (#42929215)

    He has a point (actually two: the phone isn't using the same API, and Canonical marketers implied that it was) but he seems to think that that is disqualifying for users of free software. I don't think it is.

    Point it out, but just add "KDE's approach is quite different. Here's what we're doing instead..." instead of talking about ethics and such.

    • by dfghjk (711126) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:32PM (#42929435)

      He said that the ethical implications of the deceit might be "disqualifying for users of free software", not the technical details themselves. Talking about "ethics and such" is certainly relevant in that context especially in a community that thinks it's so ethically-minded.

    • by node 3 (115640) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:59PM (#42930065)

      Something I've never quite understood from the "free/libre/open" software culture is the self-contradictory sentiment of, "you're not doing it our way, therefore you are wrong!" Isn't choice and variety and each person being able to take something and mold it to their wishes one of, if not the, primary points?

      I wonder if decoupling morality from software the way it's so commonly tied together in the FSF/OSS movements would help? I don't mean entirely, just not that everything is a moral imperative. That's clearly not in the cards for the FSF any time soon, but ostensibly, that's one of the reasons the Open Source movement was started.

      Personally, I find Ubuntu on phones to have great possibilities, and though it has a long way to go to prove itself as qualified and viable, I could see it surpassing Android in appeal to me. That it's a more honest offering of "Linux on your phone" than Android is. I haven't had a chance to flash it onto one of my Nexuses yet, but am looking forward to doing so sometime soon.

      Honestly, seeing nerds rage against something on meta-reason grounds is often the first sign that it's going to be good!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    KDE's Aaron Seigo Bashes Ubuntu Marketers.

    Fixed that for you.

  • FUD (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Unity's 2D version is QML and is not the standard there up til very 'recently'; and has been used for the phone version.

    Why making /. headline before even the people could check the phone version out.

    Androidist's FUD ?
     

    • Re:FUD (Score:5, Informative)

      by BanHammor (2587175) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:15PM (#42929777)
      Yes, it is QML, but it's long since discontinued.
    • by KugelKurt (908765)

      Ubuntu Phone is based on Qt5 and QML2. The deprecated Unity2D is based on Qt4 and QML1. Granted, the effort to port from QML1 to QML2 is minimal (which is why KDE Plasma components are first being rewritten in QML1 to prepare for the port to QML2) but they are not the same.

  • poppycock (Score:5, Informative)

    by drankr (2796221) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:23PM (#42929345)

    Not, he's not bashing Ubuntu phone, mostly because such a thing does not exist - yet. He is criticizing Canonical's less than sincere approach to the rest of the world. That's all.

    • Re:poppycock (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Knuckles (8964) <knuckles AT dantian DOT org> on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:25PM (#42929851)

      But the Ubuntu press release explicitly says that the code will be shared when the project "is completed", which it is obviously not. And getting upset about a marketing video seems like a waste of time. It's not new that a marketing video may not present the actual current development status, but the one that you want to sell down the road.

  • by suy (1908306) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:36PM (#42929473) Homepage

    I doubt Aaron has many complaints with the technology used in Ubuntu Phone, because that's Qt Quick using QML, the same is used in Plasma. The thing is, Plasma was conceived as a very flexible way to create the primary user interface (that is, the visible thing that is not the applications). At that time, that was the "desktop shell" (Plasma Desktop), and nowadays is also a touch-device user interface and others (Plasma Active, Plasma Media Center, etc.).

    The vision the KDE guys had was right, and with few resources have created a great framework. Instead, Canonical had to write Unity several times. The "normal" Unity I don't even remember in what's written (GTK+, Clutter, Nux... can't follow it), but I remember that there is the Qt-based Unity-2D (dead, AFAIK) and the new Ubuntu Phone version, which uses Qt again.

    They could have saved tons of resources by choosing the technology and sticking a bit to it, helping to develop it. And now they claim they provide a seamless user experience across devices. Well, that could be true, but not using the same technologies, so the user experience is not going to be consistent with different bugs, different features, because the code bases are totally different.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Why do developers seem to pick technologies based on that they ARE NOT what the other guy uses, rather than what benefits they provide? This seems to be the hallmark of the GTK-ish community.

      • by Noughmad (1044096)

        But QML _is_ what the other guy is using. It is not, however, what Canonical is already using, which was Aaron's entire point. In this case, Canonical is definitely moving in the right direction. Now, if
          - Canonical starts using QML with the same components (same API) it for Unity apps
          - Ubuntu Phone and Plasma use the same QML components
        free software on mobiles should have a bright future. Even as a third option, like on desktops, it should be great.

      • by rdnetto (955205)

        Why do developers seem to pick technologies based on that they ARE NOT what the other guy uses, rather than what benefits they provide? This seems to be the hallmark of the GTK-ish community.

        The GTK community was created around that very notion. KDE pre-dated GTK, but used the Qt framework which at the time was published under the controversial QPL [snopes.com] (it wasn't until 2000 that Qt was published under the GPL). GTK arose partly as a response to this, and since KDE used C++, using C mitigated the risk of the two projects competing for developers.

        The more two competing open source projects use the same technologies, the less distinct their identities. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on ho

    • by suy (1908306) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:33PM (#42929911) Homepage

      Some pearls from the original conversation [google.com]. Alan Pope:

      We're agile enough that we can migrate our desktop to QML if that's the decision that gets made. Unity has existed on four toolkits already, what's a fifth between friends ;)

      Daniel Stone on wether Ubuntu Phone uses Wayland or not:

      No idea, no-one from the project will respond even to direct questions. They've said in the past that they're writing their own window system, which is pretty tragicomic.

      And the best one, the only thing that Mark Shuttleworth had to say:

      As Kipling put it:

      If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

      The rest of the poem is pretty apt, too. My kingdom for a link.
      Mark

      I wish success to Ubuntu Phone, really, but it hurts me a little bit that it receives the same or more attention from the community than Plasma Active, when the later delivered the same or more (specially if you value open governance and source code from day 1), with way less resources.

      • by Kjella (173770)

        We're agile enough that we can migrate our desktop to QML if that's the decision that gets made. Unity has existed on four toolkits already, what's a fifth between friends ;)

        I can't really make up my mind if this says the most about OSS or being "agile", but I think a facepalm is in order...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      "We can start with the obvious clue: Unity currently does not use QML at all; Ubuntu Phone is pure QML. So, no, it is not the same code, it is not the sort of seamless cross-device technology bridge that they are purporting."

      I hear what he's saying, but Ubuntu cross-platform seamless operation isn't really about what's going on underneath. Canonical know full well that we're entering into an age of dumbed-down users. It's not about smartphones, it's about dumbed down computers/PC's. One flavor of Linux had

  • apt-get (Score:5, Insightful)

    by duckgod (2664193) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:49PM (#42929577)
    IF Canonical does this right. That is a big IF. We will have the same advantages of the linux desktop on our phones. That is the ability to install any window manager you want. No one corporation will have the power to decide what my work environment will be like. So if you don't like it what Unity is, it is 5ish magic words to get something else installed. Please I beg you Canonical just let me type "sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop".
  • We can start with the obvious clue: Unity currently does not use QML at all; Ubuntu Phone is pure QML.

    I knew they wouldn't put Unity in the phone. It's just too slow. Even on the PC it takes almost a second to open the Dash or Alt-Tab between applications.

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