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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bornagainenguin
Member since:
2005-08-07

jptros trolled...

Ubuntu is yet again not collaborating and going in an entirely different direction.

READ:

It's free to do what you want with it as long as you do what we want with it.


No, it's "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."

If you want to claim to be a part of the open source community, then contribute. If you're a part of the family, then take out the garbage, wash the dishes, mow the grass once in a while. Guests are always welcome, but don't be surprised if you're not received as warmly as family is.

--bornagainpenguin

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dayalsoap Member since:
2010-05-19

They ARE a part of the open source community. They release their source code.

Being part of the community is NOT defined as pushing EVERYTHING upstream.

Show me where being part of the community is defined as pushing everything upstream.

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felipec Member since:
2007-09-25

They ARE a part of the open source community. They release their source code.

Being part of the community is NOT defined as pushing EVERYTHING upstream.

Show me where being part of the community is defined as pushing everything upstream.

How can you be part of a community without contributing? And again, we are not talking about Ubuntu, but Canonical. And the statistics show they contribute almost nothing.

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Panajev Member since:
2008-01-09

If you want to claim to be a part of the open source community, then contribute. If you're a part of the family, then take out the garbage, wash the dishes, mow the grass once in a while. Guests are always welcome, but don't be surprised if you're not received as warmly as family is.

--bornagainpenguin


This is the kind of attitude that keeps a lot of users away from OSS projects and in the open arms of MS and Apple. Sometimes, it seems that such users are not really welcomed by everyone so losing them to proprietary software is not a big loss.

Non code contributing/hacking users are seen as annoying leechers and their problems are a nuisance.

Luckily, not all OSS projects share this way of thinking.

Edited 2010-09-15 09:38 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Non code contributing/hacking users are seen as annoying leechers and their problems are a nuisance.

Indeed, it's a really annoying attitude some people harbor. Not everyone can contribute code and not everyone can contribute _good_ code. But everyone can contribute atleast something, be it one-on-one help every now and then on IRC channels, writing guides, tutorials or manuals, maintain a community portal and so on. Those are all still very important things and the Linux world would not be where it is if everyone just did code but not the other stuff. And Ubuntu DOES contribute community portals, guides, tutorials and all those things.

Besides, even if someone wasn't contributing anything IMHO they'd still have the right to choose and use F/OSS software. After all, isn't the whole point of it all to provide software for everyone regardless of what they do, where they do, how they do, or who they are?

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