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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How can they not be part of the community when they ARE the community? People are going to have to get over the fact that Canonical doesn't want to spend money developing the latest shitty version of X and instead rather spend their money on making that latest shitty version look as nice as possible. Is there something wrong with that? I don't know. They are right, however, that Ubuntu's popularity (notoriety?) has a very active dev community. They just don't happen to care very much about anything but Ubuntu. Which is cool. What people don't say is that Ubuntu's community is probably a huge contributor to bug reports and have had a major hand in many projects, including compiz. The most vocal and more prevalent users were Ubuntu users. I don't know about you but just looking at where Fedora was in the early part of the decade and where it is now, I'd be very surprised if Ubuntu didn't have a hand in that, if not via code at least via its community influence. Not that Fedora still isn't a buggy bloated piece of shit, but so is Ubuntu sometimes.

Ubuntu community != linux community. They don't contribute to the linux community.

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