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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pgeorgi
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2010-02-18

Critic's main point is that their "contribution" is non existent in upstream projects.

I can relate to that a bit.
See, I've managed packaging for OpenSolaris, and built many patches to cleanly support that operating system.
At first, I tried to get them integrated, but at some point, I just didn't bother anymore.

The effort to keep my patches up to date with upstream changes was _much_ less than figuring out the various cultures and protocols that stood in the way between me providing a patch for many projects and it finally ending up in the upstream source.

I also had to endure the usual snobist treatment that some linux based devs show against supporting "genetic" unix systems ("why should we fix problems on that weird platform? Just use Linux!"), but given how Ubuntu was treated when it was new, they might have had similar problems as well - the bullies just had bad luck in that Ubuntu was successful.

tl;dr: It's easier to endure complaints like yours than the hostility with which patches are rejected in some projects.

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