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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I honestly don't like that this is true, but that is the repercussions of Mark investing his money in the areas he has chosen to.

He isn't actually benefiting Linux as a whole. Launchpad is competing with the undisputed champions in several categories: git, bugzilla, transifex (and gitorous/github, not to mention openBuild - the OpenSUSE build system used by Linux foundation and Meego). Unity is trying to compete with Meego using parts from gnome-shell. Everything he's doing is really going to waste within the community at large, they aren't the best options in any area.

The likes of Red Hat and Novell are much more essential to Linux as a whole because they're investing in things that benefit everyone. Mark is concentrating on things that make his distro different instead of being a good community citizen.

EDIT: I hope Mark reads this, and adjusts where he directs his developers.

Edited 2010-08-05 03:27 UTC

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