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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RE: always detractors
by r_a_trip on Wed 15th Sep 2010 12:05 UTC in reply to "always detractors"
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So then, what's the problem?

The problem? Canonical is on its way to break source compatibility with what the world has come to know as a Linux Distribution. With all the "inhouse" changes Canonical pushes through, without making sure (or at least trying to) that these also exist in the upstream projects, they are creating a new system that isn't a Linux distribution anymore. (If they keep up with the deviations from upstream).

The beauty of the Linux distribution system was that you didn't have to put all your eggs in one vendor specific basket. When the "Ubuntu distribution" materializes as the defacto system, we are all beholden to (the viability of) Canonical as the sole company behind that system.

That is why upstream is trying to pull Canonical back in the Linux mainstream. The community doesn't benefit from a much smaller Canonical specific new system. All the progress and benefits of what defines Linux today would be lost.

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