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[4]: Business as usual
by vivainio on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Business as usual"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26


Anyone actually looking to do anything serious with Linux is still going to Red Hat with their business, which is definitely a good thing.


Ubuntu is widely used as a development workstation. That's somewhat serious stuff too, in the sense that people get paid actual money to do it.

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RE[5]: Business as usual
by j-kidd on Wed 4th Aug 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE[4]: Business as usual"
j-kidd Member since:
2005-07-06

I felt sad everytime I saw my colleagues pressing the Up key dozens of times to retrieve a command, when they could have just pressed the PgUp key once if Ubuntu ships with a developer-friendly /etc/inputrc.

I felt sad when Ubuntu decided to be the first distro to ship the shiny but untested distribute in place of the old but steady setuptools in an actual release. A LTS release, no less.

I felt sad when trying to install Greenplum on Ubuntu 10.04 and couldn't get it to work without some funky workaround. I have always wondered why vendors would only list RHEL and SLES as supported OS, when their products always work fine on Gentoo. Now I know why.

I felt sad when using Ubuntu on production servers became the logical next step after using it on development machines. The apache version on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is still stuck on 2.2.8 with many unfixed mod_proxy bugs. The memcached version is still 1.2.2 with a serious connection bug.

Ubuntu is a sad distro for developers.

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RE[5]: Business as usual
by Lunitik on Wed 4th Aug 2010 21:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Business as usual"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

How many of those developers are actually paying to utilize Ubuntu? Very few would be my guess.

When I said "serious" I meant people doing mission critical jobs. No disrespect to developers, but other than losing your unsaved work, there are few risks to a companies bottom line if your system goes down for a while.

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