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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The thing is that what he says is literally completely untrue of Ubuntu specifically.

It is still true to a greater extent on Fedora (which I only recently switched from) and Suse (which I recently tried release 10 of). I can't comment on other distros.

With Ubuntu a properly constructed package by a 3rd party (in as much as it's dependencies are in the Ubuntu repos, or included in the package) can be installed by double clicking on it. All deps will be handled automatically.

The reason people are getting pissed off is because the guy is talking out his arse...

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