Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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Ubuntu and proprietary software
by manmist on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:16 UTC
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2005-12-18

Note that Ubuntu ships and installs proprietary drivers by default without giving users a choice.

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/licensing

"All of the application software installed by default is Free Software. In addition, we install some hardware drivers that are available only in binary format "

This is worse than Freespire which atleast has a OSS edition.

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