Update about Brainstorm
As can be read from Jono's blog, Brainstorm has basically effectively been discontinued. It strikes odd, that this decision was made seemingly so rapidly, and it seems without a lot of community input, despite it was a community tool.
Of particular interest seems to be the reasons given for retiring this tool.
Jono explains, that a tool like Brainstorm does not fit the traditional way of how Open Source operates, which, as to Jono's explanation, is to scratch one's own itch. This seems to be in some way contradictory to Mark's musings in which he laments the 1337 crowd, which it seems, does exactly that.... scratching their own itches.
In some way, it seems very confusing when one tries to follow the direction of Ubuntu lately. Ubuntu has not been scratching the itches of your's truly for quite some time. Does this mean, your's truly should retire Ubuntu? Or develop something else that truly scratches the itch? If so, all the synergies will be lost. We will create an even more fragmented environment that already exists. We need to think about if we can be on one train, or if everyone wants to be in an individual car?
It is confusing why Ubuntu is so focus on mobile devices? Do those mobile devices or Ubuntu on those mobile devices scratch the itch of the people how contribute to Ubuntu, or was this direction and strategy mainly taken because it is the emerging market, while the desktop is at least stagnant?
Personally, your's truly has no purpose for those mobile devices which seem to be only good for one thing... touching like and +1 buttons. None of the daily work done on this computer can be done on a mobile device. It seems very odd to neglect the source of income for some play that society wastes their time with to forget about their work. However, this puts your's truly apparently into the 1337 crowd. (Looking around for rolling eyeballs)