Key parts of Ubuntu 13.04 will be developed in secret, to escape the critics' ire
In a twist that is sure to raise eyebrows and cause no end of neckbeard scratching, Canonical founder and Ubuntu’s de facto spiritual leader, Mark Shuttleworth, has announced that key parts of Ubuntu 13.04 will be developed in secret.
The reasoning is simple: Ubuntu 13.04 (dubbed Raring Ringtail, after the ring-tail cat/raccoon) will contain some features with “high ‘tada!’ value” (Shuttleworth’s words), and he would rather they stay secret until the big reveal. Judging by his words, Shuttleworth is sick of Ubuntu features being torn apart by critics before they're ready. “ We've … figured out that critics will be critics whether you discuss an idea with them in advance or not.
Working on something in a way that lets you refine it till it feels ready to go has advantages: you can take time to craft something, you can be judged when you're ready, you get a lot more punch when you tell your story, and you get your name in lights.”
In short, Shuttleworth is upset at the panning that Canonical’s Unity interface received — and he also wants better, broader, more excitable news coverage when new versions of Ubuntu drop.
As for what these secret features actually are, Shuttleworth says that Canonical’s skunkworks project (so called after Lockheed’s secretive R&D Skunk Works department) has something for everyone, from “webby, to artistic, to scientific, to glitzy, to privacy-enhancing, to analytical". Unfortunately, that’s all we have to go on — and if you want to find out more, you'll need to be a contributing member of the Ubuntu community that has “established credibility". (Source