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 Wed 4th Aug 2010 09:50 UTC
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You know what else makes Ubuntu/Canonical different?

It's the ideological thrust. Ubuntu is the only distro that still aims at world domination on desktop, with no regard to cynical realism. It resonates with those of us who think it's a reasonable aim, provided that there are those attempting to do it. For example debian never attempted to be popular (they seem to be mostly interested RMS-purging the desktops that are already there, or servers).

Ubuntu also has a strong leader/jesus figure and it's not democratic. This guarantees it won't get stuck in internal struggles (as happens with debian on occasion). It's the distro that will the most succesful one in the future as well, in terms of mindshare if not financially.

If Canonical ends up not contributing directly to upstreams while doing it, so be it. This may come as a part of not being democratic - Ubuntu does its own thing regardless of whether the upstreams agree or not. Upstreams don't slow it down by stop energy.

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