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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RE[3]: Shuttleworth's right
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 01:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Shuttleworth's right"
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2006-04-21

I've only ever had dependency problems with rpm-based distros. I'm not too hot on them for that reason. I do use and like SuSE, but I keep to the software they have available. I've only got 80Gb on the disk I use in that machine anyway.

Sorry, but I don't accept that "for truly independent software companies it is bad news". If you work on Windows you are at the mercy of Microsoft. Apple may be better than this, but considering they control their architecture even more tightly than MS, I doubt it. The number of software companies that have been double-crossed by MS is legion. Allowing them to get into software like office suites and so on when they already have a monopoly on OSes was a big mistake, in my opinion.

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RE[4]: Shuttleworth's right
by Temcat on Fri 6th Oct 2006 07:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Shuttleworth's right"
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2005-10-18

If you work on Windows you are at the mercy of Microsoft.

How so? The evil MS will post factum change code in Windows XP, 2000 and 98SE specifically so that your desktop app doesn't work? :-) No, that's not the message they want to send about their OS. On the contrary, they encourage development and proliferation of 3rd party software and make sure it works. And supporting all even relatively modern Linux distro versions out there is surely ten times more difficult that supporting the three or four major versions of Windows.

Edited 2006-10-06 07:55

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RE[5]: Shuttleworth's right
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 14:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Shuttleworth's right"
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2006-04-21

Lotus, Corel, the makers of Wordstar, and many many others I could list, on top of (no doubt) many I don't know about. They have all been shafted as Microsoft extended its OS monopoly into more and more apps.

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