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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Sure, they don't have to collaborate. By why should anyone applaud Canonical for meeting their legal obligations regarding the GPL? They have to.

RedHat, SUSE, Mandriva, they all contribute back to the community; they go beyond their bare minimal legal obligations, and their selfish interest for their own distribution, and push the changes upstream, and the rest of the community benefits; that is to be applauded.

Canonical is spreading Linux, and making money in the process, which is entirely selfish, and that's fine, but all we are saying is "you are not part of the community", of course that's "bad PR" so they don't want to accept that, which is denying their nature.

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