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
by edoardo on Fri 6th Oct 2006 13:30 UTC
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rubbish article.

ubuntu is not the maker of the 16,000 packages.
debian is the miracle work that allowed users to get software from many different authors all installed from their large repositories.

the linux distro model with repositories is not stifling competition - there are even way too many alternatives for some packages!

you don't have to install from the repos, you can DIY it but the convenience for the user is so massive that the windows way seems just a timesink ...

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