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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RE: Shuttleworth's right
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 00:04 UTC in reply to "Shuttleworth's right"
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I don't see how it's "bad for business". And distros ship plenty of third-party stuff with their OSes: VMware is available as an ebuild from Gentoo, for example.

As for MacOS-style app-bundles, don't they include everything the author put in to the app, even libraries which might otherwise be available? Who wants six copies of the same library?

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