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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AndyM103
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2008-03-18

Surely a consideration should also be how many developers Canonical, through the medium of Ubuntu, have brought into the F/OSS community. Even withstanding that Canonical as a company do not contribute to the community in an amount considered significant by some, they have contributed in terms of testers and developers.

Obviously my assumption is that people who migrate directly to Ubuntu (the distribution governed by Canonical) and then become developers, develop for the community and not just for Ubuntu as a distribution.

Many of the arguments against Canonical's involvement ignore the secondary effects of starting what is, arguably, the most popular and visible GNU/Linux distribution.

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