Still very subjective.
I still see the use of it, it’s a central newsletter that combines all Ubuntu-related news into a nice, neat, weekly format. Could the format do with some revising? Sure. But I still think it’s a good place to get Ubuntu news.
One thing I do see is duplicate if not conflicting efforts from Canonical. They have an “Ubuntu Newsletter” that is from the “Ubuntu Team” but doesn’t really advertise that it’s the Ubuntu Team at Canonical that has the voice there, not really from the community as a whole. While I do see the benefit for a specific Canonical-focused Ubuntu newsletter, I don’t (personally) think it’s right to (just like insights.ubuntu.com, which claims to be “Your source for Ubuntu news, articles, tutorials, e-books and everything else in-between”) say that it’s from Ubuntu when only Canonical authors get a say. Yes, there are people that work on Ubuntu at Canonical, and their work really does matter a lot, but there’s also quite a few community members.
That’s what I sort of like UWN for – in a place where Canonical controls what goes on the main Ubuntu blogs with little opportunity for community to jump in, it gives people who are doing great things a voice for people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to present their opinion and the really great things they’re doing.
(please, correct me if I’m wrong, because I hope I am)
I went back and listened to the relevant episode and didn’t find much commentary on it, maybe @Wimpress would be willing to reshare his opinion.
Agreed, this is not at all a new problem, but one that has become more critical to the survival of the newsletter.
I haven’t used Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME (I’ve been meaning to try it but haven’t had the chance) but I’m wondering if there’s a way we could implement something like this nowadays, whether it be in the Ubiquity slideshow or in some way on the desktop (not just for UWN but anything else worth announcing). Thoughts from anyone?
And that’s one thing that I’m wondering about – I’m unsure if there’s not many people contributing because we don’t have many people reading or if it’s because of something else…