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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Marketing vs. Better Product?
by Aragorn992 on Wed 4th Aug 2010 07:53 UTC
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I just want to say that Ubuntu's success has less to do with it being a good "marketer" and more to do with it producing a distro that works better than the others (meaning simpler, less bugs for everyday people, etc).

People who think that Ubuntu is popular just because they market their product well are really missing the point about getting linux mainstream-nongeek acceptance.

It's about the little things, not huge (often useless) features full of minor issues that are never fixed for 5+ years, all the while leaving older very annoying (for mainstream-nongeek users) bugs unfixed.

Papercut's is a good example of what I mean.

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