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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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.

definitely agreed. and this is where mark is being confused. he argues that ubuntu contributes to people's lifes. Ok sure it does. but this isn't what critics are talking about. Ubuntu has long been criticized for not contributing patches to upstream or not doing it enough. Whatever their contribution to upstream code it, it needs to be a LOT more.

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