Having said that, and i don't mean to insult anyone here, but why are we actually going to go directly into the meta of discussing other people's opinions here?
Why is this discussion relevant here on Hacker News? I don't see this as thought provoking, rather i see it as an open invitation for everyone to contribute to a perverted gossip column.
Resistance to this design decision by Canonical should have been intense when it was announced, and not when someone with an audience decided to state their opinion.
Again, this is in no way meant to insult anyone currently involved in talking about this. As much as everyone here has the opportunity to state why they support either side of the issue, it's also important to make opinions on it's context.
It probably should have been. I don't use Ubuntu, and I had never heard of the issue at all until Richard's article. Knowing about the issue doesn't have an immediate practical impact on me, but I will likely make it a point to avoid Ubuntu in the future.