It doesn't matter what Ubuntu wants anymore than it matters what the thread starter wants. What vital Linux infrastructure do they code and maintain? None! All they do is take packages that Debian has already done the heavy lifting on and glue them together to make a finished distribution. Ubuntu is just an aggregater. As all the other distro providers are. I don't mean to belittle that function. It is an important one. But it doesn't put them in a position to have much input into the underlying Linux infrastructure. As I said, the ones that count don't, and haven't had the goal of providing a mass market competitor for Windows. There certainly isn't any evidence of that being a goal in the Linux infrastructure. I don't see or hear about anybody in the core development communities pushing for fixed APIs or other necessary infrastructure changes. Do you?I'm not sure if this is an official Ubuntu position but according to this site it's an Ubuntu goal. (referring to Linux having the goal to replace Windows for the masses)
I suspect the truth of the matter is that no one that counts really wants all the problems and hassles that the Joe Six pack masses will bring with them. The masses are only good for commercial companies trying to make money off them. Since Linux by its' very nature isn't structured as a commercial entity, who needs them?
Linux is growing all the time. It hasn't stopped since it all began. There are enough people coming to Linux that value the freedoms, choices, and learning opportunities of a non-commercial, not centrally controlled but distributed system. Linux won't die but will continue to grow.
We don't need to hobble Linux's development, dumb it down, or sacrifice our core beliefs for the masses. Why on earth would anybody want to do that, other than a commercial company trying to make money from the masses?