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[4]: Shuttleworth's right
by dsmogor on Sat 7th Oct 2006 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Shuttleworth's right"
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That's the main problem. All kinds of sotwares need active and laborous maintinence to be usable on linux few months from introduction. Keep in mind that a simple recompile in slightly different build environment completely voids all previous testing sessions. Paired with still miniscule linux desktop market share and an indifferent (at best) attitude from system vendors it reinforces the chicken and egg effect. The one that makes MS sleep well wrt client stuff.

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