Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 22:42 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu If there's one consistent piece of criticism that gets lobbed in Canonical's and Mark Shuttleworth's direction, it's that they do not contribute enough code - or anything else for that matter - to the Free software world. Mark Shuttleworth has apparently had enough, and has written a very, very lengthy blog post detailing how he feels about this criticism.
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You obviously don't get open source
by felipec on Tue 14th Sep 2010 23:42 UTC
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The single most important thing about open source is collaboration; if you don't have you are playing a different game.

Canonical brings nothing to the linux ecosystem, and doesn't collaborate. All the "benefits" mentioned in this article are for Ubuntu, not Linux.

Imagine a company like Microsoft, taking linux components, making their own distribution, not contributing anything, and then claiming their additions to the linux ecosystem are superior. I would call that stealing, and that's what Canonical is doing.

Canonical is taking advantage of the good will of thousands of developers an companies who do contribute, and then, in a PR spin, claiming that they are helping by spreading the SW.

Sure, it's a good thing, just like it's a good thing that Tivo distributes open source software. But don't claim you are a member of the community; you are not, you need to collaborate to claim that.

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