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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Just from the blurb
by Touvan on Fri 6th Oct 2006 00:17 UTC
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"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."

I just had to say that the base premise is just wrong here. Why? Because any company that wants to get into the software support industry (better if it's an OEM) can just take Ubuntu (or any other finished or unfinished distro) and replace the apps they don't like with their own, call it something else, and compete on the merits of their configuration and Brands and support.

BTW (OT rant warning), brands shouldn't necessarily be free - remember, OSS is about Software (that the second "S" in OSS), not marketing or branding. If Mozilla Foundation wants their logo and web browser name brand to come as a package, then so be it. Ubuntu and other distros should frankly take advantage of the high visibility and recognizability of the Firefox brand anyway. It's really a no brainer.

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