Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 22:42 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu If there's one consistent piece of criticism that gets lobbed in Canonical's and Mark Shuttleworth's direction, it's that they do not contribute enough code - or anything else for that matter - to the Free software world. Mark Shuttleworth has apparently had enough, and has written a very, very lengthy blog post detailing how he feels about this criticism.
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Just out of curiosity, how many other Linux distributions or companies that might sponsor them over on Distrowatch actually collaborate?

As a Linux user, I don't write code either or contribute to the Linux kernel (or any other open source product). Does that in a sense make me as bad as Canonical? (God I certainly hope the "collaboration police" don't come looking for me this evening, I might have to switch back to Windows to throw them off....)

Your free to collaborate, and the beauty of it all is that if you don't want to, you don't have too. I really don't consider it a big deal. As long as Canonical does not violate the GPL or any other open source license, they are free to do what they want in regards to Ubuntu.

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felipec Member since:

Sure, they don't have to collaborate. By why should anyone applaud Canonical for meeting their legal obligations regarding the GPL? They have to.

RedHat, SUSE, Mandriva, they all contribute back to the community; they go beyond their bare minimal legal obligations, and their selfish interest for their own distribution, and push the changes upstream, and the rest of the community benefits; that is to be applauded.

Canonical is spreading Linux, and making money in the process, which is entirely selfish, and that's fine, but all we are saying is "you are not part of the community", of course that's "bad PR" so they don't want to accept that, which is denying their nature.

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ebasconp Member since:

Why? Because Ubuntu made Linux visible and usable for a lot of people and end users.

That's a lot of contribution.

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dragossh Member since:

Go figure! A company being in business to make money! How selfish of them!

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apoclypse Member since:

How can they not be part of the community when they ARE the community? People are going to have to get over the fact that Canonical doesn't want to spend money developing the latest shitty version of X and instead rather spend their money on making that latest shitty version look as nice as possible. Is there something wrong with that? I don't know. They are right, however, that Ubuntu's popularity (notoriety?) has a very active dev community. They just don't happen to care very much about anything but Ubuntu. Which is cool. What people don't say is that Ubuntu's community is probably a huge contributor to bug reports and have had a major hand in many projects, including compiz. The most vocal and more prevalent users were Ubuntu users. I don't know about you but just looking at where Fedora was in the early part of the decade and where it is now, I'd be very surprised if Ubuntu didn't have a hand in that, if not via code at least via its community influence. Not that Fedora still isn't a buggy bloated piece of shit, but so is Ubuntu sometimes.

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jabbotts Member since:

This has been mentioned a few times so I gotta speak up; it's all selfish interest. With individuals, I can see a percentage being purely altruistic but the majority have an invested self interest. But a corporation? Novell, Mandriva, Red Hat; they don't do a single thing that is not about self interests. They are legally obligated to value the share holder above all else. The only reason the contribute so much code back is because they believe it will lead to greater profit. These are profit focused entities not well sponsored non-profit orgs. If they thought there was less profit in collaborating, they wouldn't do it.

It's worked so far. It's fantastic that such big organizations believe there is value in that collaboration. Mandriva was my distro of choice until Debian recently. They really deserve credit for being the first to focus on new users; it's still a better distro backed by a lesser marketing department than Canonical's. I'm just suggesting that we remember that these suggested altruistic corporations are legally obligated amoral entities that wouldn't lean left and pass gas if it didn't lead toward profit.

For the record, I do have grief for Canonical but it's with the distro assembly. In the greater market, Canonical has been highly successful at bringing more attention to the FOSS world.

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