Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 1st Mar 2011 18:32 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The conflict between Banshee and Canonical over what should be done with Banshee's Amazon Store revenue stream, while it was finally resolved, was not Ubuntu's most shining moment. At the matter's conclusion, Banshee developers were not happy with the results. This is not how open-source communities should work together and no one knows that better than Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, who wrote, "We made some mistakes in our handling of the discussion around revenue share with the Banshee team.""
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What is Fedora, then?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 2nd Mar 2011 17:44 UTC
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By contrast, every other commercial Linux desktop is a licensed product–you can’t legally use it for free, the terms for binaries are similar to those for Windows or the Mac OS. They’re entitled to do it their way, we think it’s good in the world that we choose to do it our way too.


I have no idea what the "commercial Linux Desktop" means. What is Fedora? Is it Commercial or not? It doesn't charge any money and the software is free to use. Many developers are paid by RedHat, and its used as a basis for an OS that requires a support contract to use and receive updates for ( RHEL).

It seems to me that you'd have to craft the definition of "commercial Linux Desktop" in order to include Ubuntu but exclude Fedora in order for that to be a true statement by Shuttleworth. It would seem to be a very convenient definition, contrived only to make Ubuntu look good and deflect the criticism over this issue.

I understand he's personally invested a lot of money into Ubuntu and would like to see it become self funding. But, the self funding can only come about because of all of the other free contributions by thousands of other people ( and some company sponsors) which also need to recoup some revenue.

You can't talk about what you've given, without recognizing what you've received. Unless you want to sound like an a**hole.

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