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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What do you think about the deployment of open source on the desktop achieved by Canonical?

For instance, there is a strong correlation between the number of users and the number of bugs found. And Launchpad allows that bug reports go upstream. I think this quite enables collaboration. I don't know if "enabling collaboration" is the same as "collaboration" for you, but for me is essential and just for that I give thanks to Canonical.

And what about freedom and privacy? What is the point of using free software if your government and the companies you make business with run proprietary stacks?

Do you only chat and send e-mails with friends and family that use Linux and BSD? I don't have that luck. That's why I would like them to use a free software stack; and that's again why Canonical's task is so important: providing a free software stack for them, and the employees of my government, and non-computer engineers the services of which I need to do my daily life.

If you don't want to call Canonical part of "the community", don't do it. But then, at least acknowledge that the efforts of "the community" significantly benefit from the efforts of Canonical in changing the reality.

Edited 2010-09-15 09:48 UTC

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