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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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by danieldk on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
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Common, lots of people were using S.u.S.E. (old spelling intended) happily since the end of the nineties. The Ubuntu installer and administration tools looked pale compared to what Libranet 3 provided. And, let's not forget about Mandrake/Mandriva, who have always focused aggressively on an easy to use desktop.

SUSE (in every incarnation) contributed *a lot* to the Linux kernel and userland. Ubuntu stole the limelight to some extend from SUSE and Mandrake, but only contributes upstream marginally. Red Hat is excluded intentionally, since it committed its own desktop suicide (due to low margins). Fedora is nice, but not for the average user.

I have always found Ubuntu average (hardware support is good, but there are often regressions between releases). And it is worrisome, that there are so few popular distributions left that contribute significantly to the ecosystem.

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