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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"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 "

Uh.... the humanity? Won't someone think of the children?

I sure am glad that the availabity of source code has been turned into a critical moral issue - such an astounding rise in the level of discourse.

Well, I'm off to send vitriolic letters to people who have EMailed me Word .DOC attachments.

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