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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This company has fed a huge amount of money into the Linux ecosystem, paying developers, distributing CDs. You say it's all self-interest, but why do this in the first place?

You are confused. They most definitely do not contribute to the linux ecosystem, that's precisely the issue, and people have raised that issue providing hard data. Among different projects canonical doesn't make it anywhere in the list of top contributors, as they amount to around 0.01%. Essentially nothing.

Distributing CDs? You mean distributing Ubuntu CDs? They are distributing their product, it's in their best interest that people use their product.

Read Mark's blog post again, it is to make a positive difference in people's life. You might say Mark is after the glory, but he could have done so many different things with his money and time. What he is doing is fantastic. Do you know the proverb "never look a gift horse in the mouth"? You have a very narrow criterion of what is important: collaboration, and you define it fairly narrowly. In earlier blog posts of Mark it becomes clear that he would love to collaborate more. There might be reasons that it's not happening other than selfishness. You are obviously bitter.

By reasons you mean excuses? Other companies don't have those "reasons"... don't you find that curious?

First, if Canonical would accept that they don't contribute to the linux community, that would be a first step. Then we could ask the question "why?", but right now they are spinning the issue so that people believe they do contribute, and are part of the team, just like RedHat, Novell, and other companies; that is simply not true.

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