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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Browse several projects and look at their changelogs, and you'll recognize that usually, serious bug-reports are not wontfixed.

Of course it is not nice that you made such experience, but statistics state another thing.

Q: Are you sure that *all* were wontfixed, or were some simply duplicates or no-bugs? Also, how many have you submitted?

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It all obviously depends on the project, I've never had any problem with e.g. xfce guys. They were willing to accept patches for things that, in their opinion, were not needed. Popular demand was enough to reshuffle their priorities.

OTOH, there are projects where user requests are outright rejected regardless of number of people asking for them. Important from usability point of view bugs are not fixed for years while most activity of developers is focused on rewriting existing layers and destabilizing perfectly functional code. These are not necessarily obscure projects, you'll find that at least several parts of your default desktop that fall into this category.

The solution is simple - avoid them or fork them. There is no point in talking to these guys as their vision is often entirely different from user expectations.

Here comes Ubuntu - whereas others simply put all these incompatible bits and pieces together, Ubuntu listens to user needs and tries to ship a single product that fits more mainstream vision of a desktop. There is no magic in it, just basic project management.

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