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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danieldk
Member since:
2005-11-18

You are very right. One of the things that contributed to the end of paid distributions was Ubuntu. I was part of the very small Libranet team, and I always felt this was one of the reasons of Libranet's demise. It's hard to compete with a multi-millionaire who ships stacks of free CDs to anyone requesting it. Still, for many years after its demise, Libranet's installer and administration tools were far more user-friendly and useful than Ubuntu's counterparts. This was all written by two paid guys and managed by another paid guy. Of course, Ubuntu was not the only cause of Libranet's end, but certainly a contributing factor.

I feel very sorry for Mindriva and its users that it may have the same fate.

Edited 2010-08-03 20:58 UTC

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Libranet ended when the major guy behind it died (I forget his name). It was a sad day indeed and a short downward spiral from there.

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Disclaimer: I was one of the three Libranet employees. The loss of Jon hit Libranet hard, but this was not the only cause of its end. Before, it was difficult to sell enough Libranet 3.0 sets to be able to finance Libranet. Again, it is very hard to compete in a market where a millionaire throws around free CDs. And don't be fooled, in the end most vendors, including Canonical need money to fund development, but they were in the position where they could easily do damage to many existing players, and happily did so. And this is my problem with Canonical: they are so focused on raising their own profile, that they forget that they thrive on the community. From Red Hat all the way down to Fluendo.

When someone points them to their weaknesses, rather than addressing them, Mark accuses others of tribalism. It's not tribalism, but a simple message: contribute a bit more to the community.

Edited 2010-08-04 19:11 UTC

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