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 Aragorn992 on Wed 4th Aug 2010 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Business as usual"
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T...Canonical is attracting nothing of value to Linux. All they're attracting are users, and very few that actually know what they're doing stick around...

So users have no value if they don't know what they're doing, then? Microsofts accounting department would disagree with this.

Think of the developers that could be hired with a tenth of Microsofts revenue from Windows? Of course that would require a user-oriented mentality to create something users would want to actually pay for in the first place.

Chicken and egg problem. This kind of viewpoint hinders Linux's acceptance. Canonical's more "user" oriented approach advances Linux's acceptance (which btw, also helps Red Hat).

Microsofts sales of Windows to normal "users" dwarfs Red Hats pathetic (relatively speaking, of course) revenue. Something to think about before jumping on the non-developer-users-don't-matter bandwagon.

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