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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Look, your argument would have more traction if Canonical kept its development closed source. Right now their code, their tools, their ideas, etc... are publicly available and can be studied, modified, re-purposed. People can learn from it. It is useful work done and work that could benefit everyone.

Perhaps because they use GPL code, and therefore are legally bound, thus they don't have a choice. Or perhaps because it's part of their user experience; give the user the feeling of freedom.

They do give their users freedom, which as good thing, but nobody is denying that; the point is they don't collaborate. If Canonical would accept that fact, we could move on, but Mark's post does anything but accepting they are an island separated from the rest of the community.

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