What Bikeshed?

Mark Shuttleworth’s recent post on the new gaudy desktop prettiness of Ubuntu has received a good deal of interest and discussion (more than 130 comments and counting).

Pretty much all of that discussion was summed up in one of those comments:

# Murray Cumming Says:
October 25th, 2006 at 7:31 pm

The bikeshed is brown.

The bikeshed in question is this one, and the idea behind it has proven to be one of the most powerful ways of explaining why so much energy is spent on inconsequential nitpicking in F/OSS projects. Especially when it comes to artwork and usability.

One comment

  1. mc

    See, now you’re going to start a discussion about the bikeshed.

    Meta-bikeshedding, thats what we need 🙂

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