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