Did Mark Shuttleworth smear Mir opponents with Tea Party label?

Today in Open Source: Mark Shuttleworth and the Tea Party. Plus: A review of Xubuntu 13.10, and Unix isn't dead

Mark Shuttleworth and the Tea Party

Mark Shuttleworth recently labeled opponents of Mir as "the Open Source Tea Party" according to The Register. Did he mean it as an insult or a compliment?

Ubuntu Daddy Mark Shuttleworth has labelled folks who oppose Mir, the replacement for X Windows dropped from the recently-released Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, “the Open Source Tea Party”.

With the Tea Party recently throwing a political tantrum that brought about a shut down of the US government and nearly dragged the world into a vigorously erupting financial volcano, we're pretty sure Shuttleworth is accusing Mir's opponents of irresponsible and irrational zealotry.

More at The Register

The quote in the article suggests to me that Shuttleworth's remark was meant to be somewhat light-hearted since he stuck a wink at the end. I think The Register is taking it a bit too seriously.

As to whether or not it was an insult, that depends on how you perceive the Tea Party.

If you tilt to the left in your politics, then it might have been an insult if you consider the Tea Party as being too radical. If you tilt to the right then quite possibly it was a compliment about people determined to stand up to authoritarian oppression.

I'll just let everybody make up their own mind about it. Seems like much ado about nothing to me.

Xubuntu 13.10 Review

Xubuntu 13.10 is another light-weight distro based on Ubuntu 13.10. I've got a full review up on DLR.

In my last review I took at Lubuntu 13.10, a light-weight Ubuntu spin. As good as Lubuntu is, it’s not the only minimalistic distro based on Ubuntu. Xubuntu 13.10 has also been updated, and it’s definitely worth considering if you want the advantages of Ubuntu without the desktop bloat.

Xubuntu 13.10 uses the Xfce desktop environment.

More at Desktop Linux Reviews

Unix Will Live Forever

Ars Technica thinks that Unix will live on forever, despite the success of Linux in the data center.

Linux surpassing Unix is no surprise. Red Hat and other vendors have been trumpeting their ability to move customers from old Unix servers to Linux ones for years now. Open source operating systems based on Linux are prevalent on everything from Web servers and small business workloads to the world's biggest supercomputers. "Linux server demand continued to be positively impacted by cloud infrastructure deployments" in the second quarter, IDC said.

But Unix isn't dead yet, analysts and vendors are quick to note.

More at Ars Technica

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