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Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth says he wants Ubuntu to appeal to the masses, has no interest in keeping things "leet"

Ubuntu boss says elitist have no place in Ubuntu, wants to make the OS friendly for all

Charles Gantt | Mar 8, 2013 at 10:58 am CST (1 min, 5 secs time to read)

Ubuntu, the user-friendly Linux distro, has seen a multitude of changes and transformations over the last few months. It has sprouted wings and became a fully functional multi-platform operating system. With these changes Canonical has taken a lot of flak and now founder Mark Shuttleworth is speaking out about how he feels.

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth says he wants Ubuntu to appeal to the masses, has no interest in keeping things leet | TweakTown.com

Shuttleworth on his personal blog said that he has no interest in keeping Ubuntu "hard" for the "elite" crowd. He said that in the grand scheme of things unity, mobile processing and cloud applications are being focused on because that is where the common PC user wants things to go.

"I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say. People being people, there are of course smart people who hold that view."

He went on to state that Ubuntu is simply trying to maximize its user base by making things easier to use, and have a more familiar feel. He feels that Ubuntu has a once in a lifetime chance to make free and open source software the norm and he is unwilling to compromise because a small group of elitist users would prefer to keep Linux exclusive.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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