Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 01:19 UTC, submitted by muszek
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Open Week is a series of IRC meetings of people behind the distribution and the community. Mark Shuttleworth answered various questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview covers many issues, including: GPL v3, proprietary software, Microsoft's $3 project, Launchpad, non-free stuff in Ubuntu, April 19th siege of, Canonical vs. Ubuntu Foundation, becoming F/OSS contributor. Full logs are available on Ubuntu wiki. Ubuntu News has a digest with the most interesting pieces. Also, another interview with Mark is here and four interesting Ubuntu articles are here, here, here and here.
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I suggest that you read that article.

DRM damaging culture? Blame authors, not distributors. No-one is forcing your favourite author to distribute using DRM. He could just distribute in other ways. Of course, if he/she wants good money, he will bow to distributors but yet he/she's the one to blame. That's the part so-called community refuses to accept.

Shuttleworth's analysis is very clever since he warns distributors that they're the weak ring in this chain. Authors will survive, customers will survive as well, but if someone finds a better business model, distributors will be kicked out of their business. Seems ODD to say that but to a better analysis, that's what's happening.

P.S. If your favourite author was really interested in "culture", he would give you his work to you. Beware of blaming the wrong ring in the chain, though majors ARE bad, greedy and so on.

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