Ubuntu Tweak Stops Development, Claims No Longer Free


Popular Ubuntu configuration utility Ubuntu Tweak has officially ended support for its long-running project today.  Ubuntu Tweak has been a mainstay application on newbie machines since the days of Dapper Drake, and between then and now has gain a lot of respect within the community regardless of being merely a front-end for already trivial tasks.

The announcement is bleak and cryptic, so the real details of the project’s end is up for open interpretation.  From the post:

You may ask why I made this decision to stop the development of Ubuntu Tweak, I may write 10,000 words to describe how I start this project, how I feel happy from this project, how I feel bad from this project…But I just want to say:  If making free software is not free any more, why still doing this?

The last commit

Developer Tualatrix Chou says that Ubuntu Tweak will continue to work on Ubuntu 12.10 with the exception of the “Apps” feature.  The last commit will be caching support for the unusable feature.

Not free anymore

Tualatrix Chou cryptically claims free software isn’t free anymore.  What he means by this is up in the air.  Is he upset at Ubuntu’s increasing efforts to monetize it’s efforts or does he no longer have the means with which to develop.

If the issue here is money, why not offer the source code but sell the packages in the Ubuntu Software Center.  We’re sure that there are plenty of newbies out there that would be willing to pony up a buck or two to keep you going.  Just don’t over charge like everyone else seems to.

Source | Ubuntu Tweak Blog – Via | WebUpd8

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