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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Good Article
by segedunum on Fri 6th Oct 2006 09:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

Good, thought provoking article. Thanks.

I happen to disagree with Mark Shuttleworth and agree with this guy. Software repositories do not scale, and what happens when the desktop becomes more popular and people want to install all kinds of apps? Ubuntu barely has the resources to package up a lot of software now, and software like Bacula has been behind the times for a very long time. If you want a latest version then you have no option but to get unofficial packages of compile it yourself. Not exactly easy installation. With Winbacula all I do is install, and many configuration procedures can be automated as part of the installed.

The application developers are in the best position to know when their software is final and works, and if you can provide a good infrastructure in your operating system for making testing, packaging and installing painless, then so much the better.

Users being able to install the up to date software that they want is a problem to be solved, not avoided.

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