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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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They don't do much for the kernel, true, but they have done a fair bit with GNOME. Now, whether they've done good things or bad things is entirely open to debate, and GNOME are by no means obligated to accept their patches. That doesn't mean they contribute nothing however.

Somewhat. They *do* contribute to Gnome, but they're not always very good about *how* they do it. Their mindset is to develop things for Ubuntu first, then push them upstream - a legitimate approach, but it means they're somewhat isolated, not actually *part of* upstream.

Consider Gnome 3.0 development. Ubuntu are probably the leading desktop distro, but they appear to have no involvement at all in the upstream vision of what the desktop will look like in a year's time. They're building their own things in their own distro, instead of trying to get Gnome to adopt their ideas.

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