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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Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Thanks Professor Obvious for pointing out that the company that is many times bigger, with many more engineers and with the much larger revenue contributes more and is more important. We'd never have figured that out on our own.

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Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

Thing is, even the developers Canonical do have aren't working in significant upstream projects, so this is really a pointless statement.

Most of the contributions Canonical has made to things like GNOME are simply bug fixes. While I'm not understating the importance of such things, without the original code, there isn't much to fix. Projects like Debian and Gentoo manage to contribute more despite being entirely volunteer based, that is pathetic.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Most of the contributions Canonical has made to things like GNOME are simply bug fixes


So what? There's no clause in the GPL that says you have to contribute X amount of code. In fact, if you look at the whole picture most distros contribute far less than Canonical. To be honest, I don't care who contribute what, Ubuntu satisfies my needs and that's why I, and many others, use it.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Most of the contributions Canonical has made to things like GNOME are simply bug fixes


So what? There's no clause in the GPL that says you have to contribute X amount of code. In fact, if you look at the whole picture most distros contribute far less than Canonical. To be honest, I don't care who contribute what, Ubuntu satisfies my needs and that's why I, and many others, use it.

Reply Parent Score: 2