Whether Ubuntu is declining is still debatable. However, in the last couple of months, one thing is clear: internally and externally, its commercial arm Canonical appears to be throwing the idea of community overboard as though it was ballast in a balloon about to crash.
Canonical has launched a new website named Ubuntu Resources, a site targetted towards its Ubuntu Touch devices. The site design is still unfinished and is expected to change from its current look.
The instructions, written by Dell engineer D. Jared Dominguez, appeared on Dell's TechCenter community website, which is aimed at IT professionals. Which means they're not likely to find their way to the huddled masses within Dell's customer base.
Ubuntu Touch, the recently launched mobile version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has been generating quite a buzz for the past year. Ubuntu community have shown interest in the project and the development of core and third party apps have been going at a swift pace. Several developers and enthusiasts have installed Ubuntu Touch on their phones and have given positive reviews for the initial builds.
For dropping Python 2 from Ubuntu Server, vim, byobu, landscape-client, and OpenStack clients still need to be ported to Python 3. Ubuntu Touch still depends upon the Python 2 Autopilot. For Python 2 on the Ubuntu desktop, there's still many packages to be ported to Python 3 like Hplip, Totem, system-config-printer, Gconf2, etc.
Besides the other UDS sessions this week that were already covered on Phoronix, many discussions took place about plans to improve Ubuntu Touch during the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS cycle. Canonical developers feel very hopeful and ambitions for their phone/tablet plans in the next six months.
Canonical is getting ready to introduce a new icon theme for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that will be the same across all platforms.
Some people want us to believe that Canonical uses FUD to discourage exploration of Mint as an alternative to Ubuntu (which Mint is a derivative of). Those people, however, base their analysis on the words of just one developer  whose words are rebutted by the Mint founder  (he is also unhappy about the source of the drama, namely Muktware [8,9], which led to more such coverage [10,11,12]). In trying to judge this, the whole scenario was a demonstration of media gone somewhat rogue, hostile where opportunism lies.
Ubuntu’s Mir won’t replace X in 14.04 desktop and Ubuntu for phones and tablets will eventually support Android apps.
Mir, Canonical's replacement for the X window system, will not make it into the next version of the Ubuntu desktop.