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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"No, Canonical took away Gnome from Ubuntu, their Gnome centric desktop."

Ubuntu is the official distro from Canonical, not a Gnome spin-off. If you want that, you use Gnomebuntu. It's perfectly normal for Canonical to integrate their main software into their main product.

"Instead they tried to force Unity down the throats of their users by removing the option to run Gnome."

This is untrue. You can still run whatever DE you like under Ubuntu, including Gnome. Most distros only have one desktop installed by default, and sometime that desktop can change radically with a simple update (Gnome-Shell in Fedora, for example).

"They fundamentally changed the product while retaining the same name."

There is nothing wrong with that. Windows and Mac OS evolved a lot over the year, always using the same branding, "Windows" or"Mac OS". They don't create a derivative to sell their new software. They promote those changes in their main product.

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