Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2006 22:21 UTC, submitted by egan
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva's CEO got interviewed for the Mandriva club. "Right now, the new 'in thing' is Ubuntu. Of course, the situation is a bit different in this case: one person, with a quasi infinite check book is behind the operation. So they can give the system away and spend whatever is needed. Is this the right way for the open source eco-system? I find it hard to believe. One possible worse case scenario is that Ubuntu's plan is to use money to put all other community-based distros out of business and then start monetizing the installed base. If this were the case, they are doing the easy part: increasing their market share by giving away the product. We have found that the second part is a tad more difficult."
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sbergman27
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2005-07-24

Yeah. That's why I said that it, too, is flawed. ;-)

I don't think that a metric exists that really gives a reliable picture of Linux desktop use. And I guess that's what people mean when they say that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro.

Certainly, it gets more publicity than any other... for now, anyway.

I have used Ubuntu, and I must say that I was impressed by it. They have made some really good usability decisions. In fact, it is the *only* Debian based distro that I have ever been happy with.

I do have some concerns about the "Ubuntu phenomenon", however.

The first being its lack of any visible^Wviable means of long term support. Outside of having a rich benefactor, Canonical has no business model. I have read interviews of employees who say that while Canonical will be a service company, it has no real business model and is not profitable, and furthermore they don't care.

This does not sound like the best positioning for the future.

A second thing that bothers me about Ubuntu is that while other projects have benevolent dictators, those benevolent dictators hold office due to the respect that they command.

Ubuntu's benevolent dictator ("for life", no less) is more or less guaranteed to keep the position because he's the one with the money. As it stands, Ubuntu would die without his money.

Ubuntu is a good distro. But I'm not sure that I'd want to see it be *the* most popular Linux distro.

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