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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felipec
Member since:
2007-09-25

Anyone complaining about Ubuntu not contributing code upstream has to ask themselves, does it matter?


If you don't contribute, you are not member of the community. Ubuntu is a leecher. Period.

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

Ubuntu doesn't care about being about a member of the community. They care instead of providing a good, easy to use distro. They do that very well.

As others have said, GPL doesn't say anything about contributing back. As long as the modified code is released, then they have no further obligations. It's no different than me doing my little pet distro and releasing it.

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felipec Member since:
2007-09-25

Ubuntu doesn't care about being about a member of the community. They care instead of providing a good, easy to use distro. They do that very well.

Of course, and there's nothing wrong with that.

But that's not what they are saying, read Mark Shuttleworth's blog post; he compares Ubuntu to GNOME, X, linux kenrel, etc. He wants to confuse people into thinking that Canonical is part of the community. That's is a lie, nothing more than a PR stunt.

He should said what you just said, but he doesn't.

As others have said, GPL doesn't say anything about contributing back. As long as the modified code is released, then they have no further obligations. It's no different than me doing my little pet distro and releasing it.

Exactly, they meet the legal obligations... that's why nobody is suggesting they should go to jail. We are just saying that they don't collaborate, that's it. You seem to agree.

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Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

"Anyone complaining about Ubuntu not contributing code upstream has to ask themselves, does it matter?


If you don't contribute, you are not member of the community. Ubuntu is a leecher. Period.
"

[Sarcasm = on]

Upstream, and all the random developers of all the different pieces that are making "stuff" without a common interface, or common look and feel, or common packaging, or simple/standardised configuration interfaces, etc; should hire some developers and artists to add polish to the "sum of the parts", and hire a marketing department to get their work noticed by end-users.

Upstream and all the random developers don't contribute much to the work of adding polish and marketing. They're simply leeching off the work Ubuntu do to make Linux more popular.

[Sarcasm = off]

- Brendan

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