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[2]: Ubuntu
by r_a_trip on Wed 4th Aug 2010 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Ubuntu"
r_a_trip
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Ubuntu is really a breath of fresh air in the Linux world. It has really raised the standards and what you can expect to work without manual fiddling.

Really ? Is that a good news ? I don't think so. Don't you need a driving license to drive a car ?

Sorry to butt in, but yeah, that is a good thing. No OS should ship with broken configuration in place. An OS should work as advertised. It shouldn't be a minefield of bugs and configuration niggles which an end user is compelled to solve before being able to use his machine.

Regardless of what Canonical contributes upstream, the Ubuntu project delivers an OS that has sane configuration by default. I won't claim that it is bug free or doesn't have it's occasional niggles, but overall, Ubuntu just lets you use your machine without making you jump through needlessly complicated hoops. Best of all, they do it without dumbing down Linux. All the raw power of the system is still available at the tips of your fingers, if you choose to dive in.

On top of that, it makes adding the naughty, proprietary bits and bobs (which everybody but RMS adds) relatively painless, it has the advantage of the depth and breadth of the available Debian packages and it has enough critical mass to get software projects to release their newest releases as .deb files and Ubuntu fosters a vast, easily accessible and friendly user community which is invaluable as a resource of information.

While all the other distro's have one element or another of what Ubuntu has, none of them have the picture as complete as Ubuntu.

Side note: I think elitists should only be allowed to use computers when they have produced their own silicon wafers, wrote their own ISA, etched their own circuitery and programmed their own OS from scratch.

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