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Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Yeah, I'll get voted down, but I post it anyway.

Canonical contributes next to nothing to FOSS. They have a bunch on incompetent programmers who fail to properly apply patches written by Red Hat for Fedora (see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg-server/+bug/565981 ).
Canonical has OTOH a design team that uses Macs with proprietary graphics software and a oversized PR team instead of proper programmers (see http://jordanopensource.org/freeplanet/article/new-ubuntu-design-cr... ).

So instead of giving credit to those who actually deserve it, media like OSNews treat Ubuntu like the second coming of Jesus even though most of those who praise Ubuntu couldn't even tell the difference between Ubuntu and Fedora if Fedora's artwork was changed to Ubuntu's.

So here are a few distributors who actually deserve credit:
- Debian for doing all the hard packaging work Ubuntu is feeding of.
- Red Hat for being one of the top contributors to Xorg, esp. the FOSS Nouveau NVidia driver.
- Novell for employing Greg Kroah-Hartman who's keeping the kernel clean. And also for the radeonhd driver that resulted in much code that was later adopted by the general Xorg radeon driver.
- Mandriva who's despite a very critical financial situation maintains the Poulsbo driver (based on Intel's binary blob for Moblin, but still now easily adoptable by all distributors) and also contributes a relatively big amount of Mandriva's limited income directly to FOSS projects (see http://www2.mandriva.com/community/fund/ ).

And what do we get from Canonical? F***ing windicators!

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