Linked by Perry Helion on Fri 15th Mar 2013 18:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu has come under a decent amount of flack over the past few months, particularly over their decision to use the 'Dash Search' to return results from Amazon by default in their most recent release.
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Picking sides...
by kurkosdr on Sat 16th Mar 2013 13:28 UTC
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If the FSF people get super annoyed by a stupid lens which can be turned off, then the schism between the FSF people and the average people who just want an alternative OS to Windows cannot be bridged. Average people think ads are acceptable in a free (as in beer) product. Average people don't consider the ability to get the source and compile the product for free a necessary freedom, so ad-supported gratis software (open source or not) is perceived as good, as they get a free product and the author gets money to continue. Win-win. Look around you. People have no problem with Gmail's bots going through their email, have no problem exposing their life to Facebook and freeware apps with ads and dubious privacy policies are the most popular. And even if you try to educate them (see the anti-gmail ads), they just don't care (I don't).

Essentially, distro vendors will have to pick a side. The FSF crowd or the average people crowd. Canonical needed monies to replace the awful X.org (and couldn't wait ages for Wayland), so they picked the "average people" side and partnered with Amazon.

IMO it's not the loss of Ubuntu as a choice that angers the FSF crowd (there are so many compatible alternatives out there), it's the shattered illusion that an OS which pleases both the FSF crowd and the average people can actually exist. Aka the shattering of the illusion you can have a product that meets FSF's guidelines and is popular too. That must have hurt indeed (there was hope among the FSF crowd that Ubuntu could help spread FSF's ideals, now it's gone).

PS: Each downvote must be accompanied by a justification otherwise you suck.

Edited 2013-03-16 13:44 UTC

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