Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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Let's Remember Where We Start
by ma_d on Thu 5th Oct 2006 22:41 UTC
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How do the mainstream packages get mainstream? Do they start out at day 1 that way?

No, users find them, download them, install them, and like them. Occasionally they talk about them, and eventually it becomes the status quo application in that arena. Often, this is because it's the only application in that arena that's in active development.

If only the most technical users are doing this only the most technical applications will end up available in the repositories.
One of Ubuntu's best qualities seems to be that its users find small projects and use them. They contribute decent bug reports, and are probably the nicest users btw (on average).

Ubuntu users aren't existing on the repo's...

What Mark dreams of, and what Ubuntu is actually doing seem to be radically different. Or maybe it's just been distorted in the grapevine?

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