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: Ubuntu and proprietary software
by leon on Fri 6th Oct 2006 08:56 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu and proprietary software"
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Ubuntu is a bit desperate to attract users by adopting binary drivers while the two big companies Novell and Redhat are trying their best to force companies to release open-source drivers by not including binary drivers in their products. Yes, it will benefit the end users for a short term (this is the main reason why Ubuntu is popular), but it is damaging the OSS.

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