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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Simply false
by Lunitik on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 21:00 UTC
Lunitik
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2005-08-07

I guarantee you that if you ask Joe and Josie Computeruser to name a Linux, they'll say "Ubuntu." If you ask a CIO or CTO, they'll name Red Hat and possibly Novell's SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server). But Canonical has done more than all the other Linux companies and groups put together to popularize Linux with ordinary people.

Despite the "great work" Canonical has done, if you ask random computer users to name a Linux distro, they will still look at you with the same confused stare they did 10 years ago.

If you don't believe me, right now, go to any public place and just ask 10 strangers. I guarantee none know what you're talking about. If that's the huge difference Canonical is supposedly making, they're failing worse than even I thought.

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