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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Lunitik
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Depends what you define as "doing well". They still count there users in the 50 million region at the high end, and 20 million at the low end. That might sound good, but think about how many Apple and Microsoft have within this form factor and it becomes measly.

They have next to no OEM momentum at all, which means there simply isn't enough demand. Most of their users aren't buying machines with Ubuntu pre-installed, they're downloading Ubuntu for free or ordering CD's at a cost to Canonical. No matter how you slice it, Ubuntu isn't generating funds currently, so its hard to say it is "doing well".

Canonical continuously attempts to enter markets with a less than convincing story for justification to customers. Ubuntu Netbook Edition is yet another example of this.

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