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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RE: Ubuntu
by Lunitik on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:21 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu"
Lunitik
Member since:
2005-08-07

Ask yourself why you think Ubuntu works, then look at who has contributed to the parts that you believe made the experience better.

Canonical is a packager of Linux, they develop some things around maintenance that are nice - like janitor and software-center. They also develop a decent development platform in Launchpad, but very little of the software you think is improving things is written by Red Hat.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu
by vivainio on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:26 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

They also develop a decent development platform in Launchpad, but very little of the software you think is improving things is written by Red Hat.


I think what makes the difference is that Ubuntu is just tested better. No matter who does all the development, if a component is broken when it's time to push out the release, your distro doesn't benefit from it.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by Lunitik on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 20:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

Actually, Ubuntu offers some of the smallest numbers of testers around. Less than 10% of their users are running the development releases, so its really difficult to make that argument.

Where the real testing comes from is that Ubuntu are generally at least 6 months behind Fedora, and Fedora users are actually giving worthwhile feedback to fix things.

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