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]: Agree to disagree
by Finalzone on Thu 5th Aug 2010 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Agree to disagree"
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I would LOVE it if Ubuntu decided to fork everything, then you'll see how strong their expertise really are. That would be hilarious to watch.

Canonical already started from Debian repository (universe and multiverse) to Gnome called Ayatana (

If that is the way to contribute to Linux ecosystem, I will say: no thanks. Instead of recognizing their wrong doing and actively participate to the community, Ubuntu founders keep shifting the blame.

If that means to be attacked by fanboys, so be it.

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RE[3]: Agree to disagree
by Lunitik on Fri 6th Aug 2010 13:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Agree to disagree"
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Ayatana isn't a fork of anything, it is just a rather poor implementation of the notification system that will be going into gnome-shell.

It looks like Canonical has decided that, while the rest of us move on the Gnome 3.0, it wants to maintain a desktop that is more similar to the current state of affairs. If you look at their Unity mockups, you can see what I'm talking about. < >

Instead of contributing to either MeeGo or Gnome-Shell, they have decided it best to maintain as much status quo as possible moving forward. They are trying to separate themselves from the rest of the community similarly to how Novell has in the past (slab and choosing mono apps over everything else.) It didn't work then, and I hope Canonicals attempts are met with just as little momentum.

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