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 ever considered how sweet if would be if canonical paid developers to contribute to upstream?


Yes, because as we all know, money grows on trees. Let's just hire a few more developers to satisfy the whiners because they are too narrow-minded to think outside of "lines of c0de omg haxx0rz!".
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Of course not! That would be unselfish, like the nansy-pansies at RedHat, instead, let's be evil and care only about our products.

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

Canonical is not evil. What's evil is the walled garden practices of Apple and the likes. Want people to be free of them? Then promote FOSS, be it Ubuntu, Fedora or your pet project.

Also, last I heard, RedHat controlled most of GNOME's direction. How's that for not being, as you put it, evil? They control the DE that is used in most distributions!

Edited 2010-09-15 12:35 UTC

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

What's evil is the walled garden practices of Apple and the likes.

Yeah! Apple is totally evil by developing tons of FOSS technologies that serves as actual technological foundation instead of surface-scratching and also works accross multiple platforms:
CUPS, WebKit, libdispatch, LLVM+Clang, Darwin Streaming Server, Darwin Address & Calender Server,...

In fact the FreeBSD community highly welcomes Apple's work on Clang to use it as default compiler in an upcoming FreeBSD release (FreeBSD 9 looks likely).
Apple's improvements in GCC's PowerPC support also benefits Linux a lot.

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felipec Member since:
2007-09-25

Canonical is not evil. What's evil is the walled garden practices of Apple and the likes. Want people to be free of them? Then promote FOSS, be it Ubuntu, Fedora or your pet project.

Also, last I heard, RedHat controlled most of GNOME's direction. How's that for not being, as you put it, evil? They control the DE that is used in most distributions!

As Fettarme H-Milch said; as closed as most of Apple is, and even through don't claim to be part of the linux community, they still contribute more than Canonical.

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FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Wow. Years ago, when RedHat was a popular desktop distro, people said the same thing about RedHat being evil and $SOMETHING_NOT_REDHAT being the true hero instead. Either RedHat changed or marking the most popular desktop distro as evil is a stupid fad that comes back in a different form every few years.

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