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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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.

You mean Apple?

Canonical brings nothing to the linux ecosystem, and doesn't collaborate.

Quality-of-life projects like Papercut notwithstanding.

In the lifespan of a software project, only 2% of the hours put into a project are the "interesting" and "new" stuff; the remainder consists of bug reports and fixes, quality of life changes, and addressing other such issues that only appear in rare circumstances or over long periods of times. Don't despise Canonical for devoting their efforts to the back 98% because they're rarely around for the first 2%.

Edited 2010-09-15 00:38 UTC

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