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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"Canonical isn't even trying

Really? Do they pay their designers and programmers for doing nothing? Do they have a not small staff which sits around and does nothing all day?
They pay them to work in Ubuntu, and Ubuntu alone.

"They have resources, they just don't want to share them.

Which is why they made a proprietary closed source solution nobody can learn anything from... right?

There is a lot more than the code those upstream projects provide. Even the glue that binds them together and exposes them to users without making them insane is highly valuable but, together with emphasis on UI design (and other areas that non computer enthusiasts focus on/feel are important), is often labelled as trivial "easy" work and this attitude is not helping the OSS world.
I am not saying what they do is useless; I'm saying they do it for Ubuntu, and couldn't care less whether other distributions finds their work usable or not, nor whether their patches make it upstream or not. That's what the statistics show.

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