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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What marketing?
by Lunitik on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:15 UTC
Lunitik
Member since:
2005-08-07

Canonical has done very little to actually market Ubuntu itself. Even the billboards etc, they were done by the users, not Canonical themselves.

Ubuntu is popular because of word of mouth, not marketing per say. To say Canonical contributed to that is a stretch.

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RE: What marketing?
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:18 in reply to "What marketing?"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

Canonical has done very little to actually market Ubuntu itself. Even the billboards etc, they were done by the users, not Canonical themselves.

Ubuntu is popular because of word of mouth, not marketing per say. To say Canonical contributed to that is a stretch.


Sending as many CDs as you wanted doesn't matter a bit?

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RE[2]: What marketing?
by Lunitik on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:32 in reply to "RE: What marketing?"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

That isn't marketing, though.

How many people do you think actually stuck to Ubuntu after getting those free CD's? I know a lot of people from my former tech college that ordered it because its free, installed it once to see what its like, but removed it and went back to their previous OS.

It certainly hasn't resulted in Canonical earning money, so its hard to say it was a successful endeavor.

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RE[2]: What marketing?
by fredb1974 on Wed 4th Aug 2010 06:38 in reply to "RE: What marketing?"
fredb1974 Member since:
2006-01-31

It could help a little.

At the RMLL 2010 in Bordeaux (France), I heard that Ubuntu-Fr doesn't get money from Canonical at all...

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