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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That's it, I'm mad
by fretinator on Wed 15th Sep 2010 05:12 UTC
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I have not contributed one line of code to Linux or the BSD's. Not a single line.

Here's what I have done:

1. Paid for Linux and BSD when I use it. I bought Mandriva. I buy OpenBSD CD's. I even bought an Ubuntu CD from Best Buy, which I gave to a co-worker.

2. I report bugs, with good comments on how to reproduce them (Eugenia gave me some encouragement once to do this, and I did).

3. I have written papers at schools about Free Software. A couple weeks ago I gave a presentation on how my school could benefit from Free Software.

4. I answer questions new users have without making them feel foolish for asking.

5. I don't put down Windows and Mac users - that attitude does great harm to the cause of Free Software.

I'm not patting myself on the back.The point is that there are a lot of ways to contribute, and lines of code is only one of them. It makes me sick when people put down the contributions of others. Look for the good in others.

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