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[4]: Business as usual
by apoclypse on Wed 4th Aug 2010 02:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Business as usual"
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First off this is a silly argument. Red Hat makes their code freely available under the GNU license. They can't complain because someone else packged it better than them. They still get the credit in the source.

Also, i've seen a lot of FX houses who use Ubuntu heavily, because its generally stable, free, and they already have all the support they need in their highly paid Linux admins. Ubuntu has better hardware support out of the box, the installer and updater are damn near seamless compared to how things used to be and the biggest reason why Ubuntu took off, its one freaking CD. You used to have to download a whole DVD full of crap just to get a halfway decent distro. Ubuntu focused on keeping everything to one CD and let the user use their repos to add whatever they need.

That's one of the main reason why I see developers or FX houses use Ubuntu, you get most of the benefits of Red Hat with the benefits of Debian, all in a nice package. I used to be a redhat user and moved to Fedora when redhat decided the deskotp market wasn't worth it. Every release of Fedora has treated their users the same, as guinea pigs. Buggy installer, buggy software releases. Ubuntu at least TRIES to have a modicum of stability between releases and anyone who calls ubuntu's releases buggy have either not used Linux long enough or have really short memories. I have horror stories of so called desktop distros like Mandrake, and Red Hat. Ubuntu is rock solid in comparison.

I think a lot of the hate for Ubuntu stems from jealousy. I don't mean to sound liek I drank the kool-aid or buy into their marketing but the distro really i Linux for regular people. When Ubuntu first came out and forums first came up the forum was probably the friendliest linux based forum anywhere at the time. The users on the forum were genuinely trying to be helpful and newbs were free to ask questions without having some deb guru berate them. I couldn't really say that same about Fedora. I went on the forum to ask a question about an installer bug that was their for four consecutive releases, asking for a workaround and got ignored, and saw that others with the same questions on the forum got ignored. Interestingly the answer was in the ubuntu forum as the forum members didn't seem to mind if you posted about another distro, they would still try to help you. Ubuntu is where its at because that kind of attention is what users want. Word of mouth is what got Ubuntu where its at, the rest is just gravy.

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