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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"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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