Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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In spite of Red Hat's significant technological contributions to Linux in general, and the inroads they have made with Linux on servers, they never made much of a dent in the average Joe desktop market.

Where did Ubuntu make a dent? Linux has the same 1% and 40% of those users are running KDE.

If Linux had doubled in share from the first release of Ubuntu I would agree but this is not the case and the fact that the KDE/GNOME divide still exists shows that Ubuntu has just been the most popular Gnome distro, not some new force making inroads within the mainstream.

Sure there are plenty of blog posts about switching Grandma to Ubuntu but there were plenty of those types of posts before Ubuntu existed. If you look at distrowatch you can see that Ubuntu is not that far ahead of the other distros.

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dylansmrjones Member since:

There goes the troll again.

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danieldk Member since:

Well, he seems right about one thing: it's now that the 1% grew, but that it is differently divided. Without Ubuntu, Linux probably kept the 1% marketshare, but SUSE and Fedora would be kings of the hill of Linux on the desktop.

Besides all of that, it paints to bleak a picture. GNU/Linux made a lot of inroads on the sever, and embedded devices (routers, access points, you name it), and increasingly in mobile devices. Linux on the desktop is not winning, but Linux on devices is.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

There goes the troll again.

Confucius says: Man who wears retarded hat should not call others names.

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