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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It is simply a pointless fight.

The desktop form factor will be obsolete long before Canonical ever gain any sort of ground there.

That is the mistake Canonical has made: They're fighting a giant on their ground. That isn't have you win any battle, the only way to beat Microsoft is to make them fight in a new arena.

Red Hat figured this out a long time ago, that is why they concentrate on corporate needs. Canonical is trying to create a cloud story, but again, its a losing battle because Red Hat and others have a better story. Ubuntu can't offer the middleware or management functionalities like Red Hat can, or the security story for those customers.

Google figured this out, that is why they're getting a strangle hold on the smartphone sector. Canonical thinks they can beat Android/ChromeOS in this segment, but they have generated absolutely zero OEM support for their offering. They can't even begin to compete with the Intel/Nokia offering, MeeGo.

These are all very similar to the failures behind Launchpad. Despite the number of projects hosted there, no reputable project actually uses it. Linux Foundation members have all flocked around the openSUSE Build Service and git(orius) combination. Instead of helping out the rest of the community though, they insist on being stubborn.

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