Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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by vivainio on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:13 UTC
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I think it's a bit bogus to emphasize the marketing aspect of Ubuntu.

What Ubuntu does is - it's making a distro that friggin works and looks nice. Try any other distro, and you'll quickly see how polished Ubuntu is in comparison. For many distros, it almost feels like they didn't even try it before shipping.

Yes, I include Debian in those broken distros. Ubuntu doesn't attempt to say "you know, this distro is mostly for experienced users" as an excuse. If Ubuntu is broken, it's considered broken by powers that be, instead of saying "yeah, you just need to do some fixup to config files here and there".

Ubuntu is really a breath of fresh air in the Linux world. It has really raised the standards and what you can expect to work without manual fiddling.

Edited 2010-08-03 17:24 UTC

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