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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I have only met 2 people in the last 4 years that run Linux on the desktop. Just about everyone who has asked me about Linux viewed it as something that has to do with servers and is somehow a threat to MSFT.

I honestly think Red Hat has done more to popularize Linux in the real world due to mainstream press over their market position.

Sure there have been a thousand digg/reddit articles on Ubuntu but I think they are mostly attracting the same crowd that existed before Ubuntu came along. The teenagers that discovered Ubuntu would have discovered whatever distro was most popular.

Ubuntu has a team of 300 employees and I honestly don't understand what they do all day. The areas where Ubuntu gets compliments like the installer and codec prompts should be handled by a single developer.

I'm not convinced that Ubuntu is anything more than Debian + codec prompts + a marketing budget. I also think that Linux Mint has more potential when it comes to mainstream appeal. Ubuntu has a weird color scheme and the name sounds like a hipster yoga studio.

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