Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Nov 2006 23:05 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth is trying to entice OpenSUSE developers to join Ubuntu. "Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week."
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The psychology behind all this
by h3rman on Sat 25th Nov 2006 09:57 UTC
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Since there are quite a lot more distros out there than just Ubuntu, it's interesting to see why exactly Mark Shuttleworth would feel to be able to do this.

It seems that Ubuntu has become in a way, the überdistro of Linux at the moment. The free shipit CDs are a great success. You need only one CD, fashionably this CD boots live first, it all mostly works, and as it is the first Linux distro that many Windows-users have ever seen, and/or the first Linux distro people could get to work after trying Red Hat in 1999 or trying Debian in 2003 or something, *Buntu is now the cool Linux distro.

Only with this idea in the back of your mind could it be logical to think, "well, now that Novell is doing questionable things, we'll just invite OpenSuse devs to come over to us - us being the coolest distro at the moment."
So here we already see [sorry Mark] the arrogance that comes up when success is getting a little too automatic. I'd say that you don't need any OpenSuse devs that can't think for themselves if they want to leave one place and apply for another.

Also, the fact that Canonical (although a company) seems to make no profit yet misguides some into thinking that *Buntu is somehow less "polluted" by corporate motives, and therefore a politically more correct distro. Well, since *Buntu has yet to make Canonical some profit, and Mark's money being plenty but limited, I'd say it's more of a risk to work on *Buntu.

The everlasting blob issue in *Buntu is an example of this. No, it may not violate the GPL, but it creates all the controversy and should simply be avoided. This would, however, lead to *Buntu losing some of its initial beginner-friendliness.

(My disclaimer is that I prefer Fedora Core (and OpenSuse for that matter) for avoiding "shipping" all non-free stuff (call FC crippled, but I never missed the 3D-desktop effects, and I never had to fix a kernel panic), and I like Red Hat for backing Fedora with money. It's not the corporations, it's what they do, really.)

A lot of good things can be said about Ubuntu, but it shouldn't need OpenSuse to die in order to live.

[I do think both Fedora and OpenSuse could thrive by assimilating some of Ubuntu's clever PR. ;) ]

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