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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Did you guys actually read the story???
by arctic on Thu 5th Oct 2006 22:01 UTC
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All you Ubuntuists: read this again...

"This attitude is not unique to Ubuntu. Although this essay is inspired by an Ubuntu keynote, it applies to all the Linux distributions. Ubuntu should not be marked for special criticism, except that I hoped their focus on users and usability would lead to better appreciation of and support for user-installed software."

He only uses Ubuntu as one exapmle as it is popular and because Mr. Shuttleworth made the comment that led to his blog-entry. ;)

He speaks of a "general problem" he sees in many Linux distros. So please stop this "I cannot recommend Ubuntu anymore", "I never trusted M.S." and "He obviously never used Ubuntu, it's so cool" stuff. Some of you completely missed the point what his story is all about. Thus: please read it again instead of posting nonsense.

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