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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Be careful what you wish for
by Icaria on Wed 15th Sep 2010 10:01 UTC
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After some disastrous early experiences with SuSE, Ubuntu was what got me into *nix but I think it's still the case that 99% of the people Canonical bring into the *nix fold are people you really don't want that much. The Ubuntu community is probably the most disgusting in the broader *nix community: it's a stuffy, ultra-politically-correct (see Shuttleworth's grovelling apology over the, "explaining what we do to girls", joke) and generally juvenile social clique. You repeatedly hear about contributors being chastised because they dared to express opinions that someone deemed to be 'outside the Ubuntu code of conduct'. I knew of a couple of people who offered great technical support via the forums, who were rather bluntly sent the message that they were not wanted because they dared to upset the zen of the community. Meanwhile, entitled brats that demand that someone fix their problems and just generally terrible tech support contributors are given free reign. Ubuntu has become that particular branch of your extended family tree, whose members are all feral trash but hide it behind a fa├žade of propriety.

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