Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 09:58 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Jonathan Riddell, lead developer of the Kubuntu project and the only person paid by Canonical to work on the KDE variant of the popular distribution, has announced that after the 12.04 release, Canonical will no longer be funding him, effectively putting Kubuntu on the same level as other Ubuntu variants like Xubuntu.
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RE: Additional loss of users
by dougmms on Tue 7th Feb 2012 15:44 UTC in reply to "Additional loss of users"
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Simple. These users that are ditching Ubuntu in droves pay $0. Ubuntu may get some ad revenue from users browsing in firefox/chrome and some money from the Ubuntu store, but I really doubt it ads up to anything substantial.

I really doubt Mint makes much money. And the fact is that many distributions are so focused on building desktop/laptop features that really don't matter to the mainstream consumer market anymore. What average person gives a shit about an even-lighter-weight music player which doesn't connect to any music stores, doesn't play video, etc. Companies that focus solely on the desktop features are going to go out of business. Redhat is excluded because they're an enterprise business service provider.

Canonical is at least trying to spread to the largest sector of the consumer market, although I don't think they have much of a business plan.

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