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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Red Hat basically hires every important developer in the Linux ecosystem. They are leaders in every facet of Linux, and they are the single most innovative company in the open source arena. Canonical is a bit player, they do not innovate as a rule. I wish people would stop crediting Canonical for getting the word out about Ubuntu too, that was their users by way of word of mouth. Canonical has never had a hand in that.

All you can actually say about Canonical's contributions to the desktop is they have created nice themes - and even then, most do not like their color schemes. People read reviews, and they dislike distros like Fedora because of the default theme, not realizing that it is trivial to change such cosmetic things. Beyond that, they have created tiny semi-useful tools like computer-janitor and done things in a lazy way such as apport and upstart. They have also ridden the coat-tails of Debian and Synaptic and built on top of those tools some nice interfaces for package management. They do next to nothing within important upstreams that span the entire community, and don't deserve any type of leadership role because of this.

You don't see how taking money away from Red Hat - away from the guys actually developing software - is damaging? Can you imagine where Linux would be if Canonical put Red Hat out of business? Canonical has no development expertise, they are a packaging company that can throw together lame python apps that do simple tasks. Until they start contributing in a significant way, I will always consider them leeches.

You know what other companies do when their contributions don't get accepted? They clean them up until they are acceptable. It really speaks volumes in my opinion to the Canonical developers skills if they can't get things accepted in places like GNOME, it means either they can't write portable code, or their coding standards are laughable.

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