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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In spite of Red Hat's significant technological contributions to Linux in general, and the inroads they have made with Linux on servers, they never made much of a dent in the average Joe desktop market.

I don't want to belittle Ubuntu's accomplishments, because they really did raise the bar in terms of out of the box usability, and they made the rest of the Linux distros sit up and realize that mediocre would no longer cut it, but do you know that Red Hat isn't even trying?

Seriously! They gave up on Desktop Linux around 2000, back when it was a much harder sell. Fedora may exist and get a certain amount of incidental backing, but there is no Red Hat Desktop Linux effort. The reason Ubuntu is better at this than Red Hat is that Red Hat are not attempting to be in that market because they don't know how to profit at it. Which, as it happens, Ubuntu isn't doing.

So let's not compare apples and oranges.

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