Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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RE[2]: Not donating to distros.
by spiderman on Thu 11th Oct 2012 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Not donating to distros."
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No, that is not what I am saying.
I do roll my LFS distro BTW but that does not matter to the point.
The effort of packaging IS worthy.
What I'm saying is that:
The packaging is the final step. You have to take into account all the effort and weight it. When you buy a commercial operating system like Windows for $100/year, something like $1 goes to the packaging an 99$ goes to development. With free software, the opposite is happening.
The effort required to package the software into a distro is relatively easy when compared to develop the software, espicially since the developers use autotools and even go as far as providing rpm spec files and stuff. Look at all the Debian spins. Sometimes, it's just a new wallpaper and some software selection.
Ubuntu is about Unity and the community. They put some real efforts in developing the community. They is worth something but don't forget the montain they sit on. The software they use is worth a lot, starting with Debian and GNU.

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