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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No, you obviously don't get it.

Software under the GPL is specifically offered free for any use, and Canonical has built an OS with said "Free" or GPLed software. This is exactly the point. Anyone can step in and use free software to give to kids to oh, I don't know, build a business? If Canonical isn't providing anything of value, then how can they possibly make money?

That's like a priest arguing that he is not a pedophile because he pays taxes... dude, the fact that you meet your legal obligations doesn't mean you are any less evil. Canonical can provide value to their users and not contribute to the linux community at the same time, and that's what they are doing.

They do provide value to the community internally in the ways he mentions and to the world at large by working to put an OS backed by "Free" ideals in the hands of people all over the world.

Right, they promote the "free" ideals by distributing proprietary software like NVIDIA drivers. Even if they did that, that's not contributing, that's just fulfilling their own self-interest with PR. At best it can be considered a side-effect, not a contribution.

Whether you use Arch, Gentoo, Ubuntu or whatever.

Ask any Archlinux user; Canonical building up their Ubuntu brand doesn't help them in any way.

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