Queen of desktop Linux, Mark Shuttleworth gave out his Boxing Day message yesterday in which he sniffly dismissed those who think his Unity interface is the spawn of Satan.
Shuttleworth has been championing Unity on his Ubuntu Linux software claiming that it is the best thing since sliced bread. He has been saying this in the face of heated opposition from those who wish he would support some other form of interface.
In his Christmas message, Shuttleworth shaping the future meant boldly going where no one has gone before. When you explore territory that is unfamiliar, uncertain it is easy to criticism he said.
“And in this regard, we know, scientifically, that Ubuntu with Unity is better than anything else out there,” he said. He did not mention which scientist said this and we must have missed the peer reviewed journal where it was published, but if Shuttleworth says it, it must be true.
He said that his scientific claims were not meant to diminish the works of others, or the opinions of those that prefer something else, but celebrated that the world of free software. So, in other words, everyone else smells of Wii and the fact we are saying it is what the world of free software is all about.
Looking ahead to 2013, Shuttleworth said he will be bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets.
He also wants to broaden the Ubuntu community to include mobile developers who need new tools and frameworks to create mobile software.
This apparently means defining new form factors that enable new kinds of work and play altogether.
There were the usual comments about the importance of the cloud and the claim that such work can be done faster on Ubuntu than any other platform. He didn’t mention that this claim was scientific, but we are sure he meant it.