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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nanny state
by nzMM on Fri 6th Oct 2006 03:05 UTC
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I like Ubuntu, but i agree with the articles sentiments. I dont really see it as wholly new to Ubuntu, i mean apple and microsoft do the same except the nature of their environment is it makes more sense to sell the apps individually. But they still want all their stuff on your system ... IE, Office and so on.

In the linux world it really comes down to reliance on repositories, some see it as great, but i see it as like some kind of nanny state and insular. At the same time its pragmatic, but still not the best situation imho.

Thats why i see the need for a generic package as the most important thing to popular linux adoption.

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