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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dragossh
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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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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

"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,...
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Please read my statement again. I'm saying the FOSS community wants to provide an alternative to the proprietary, closed solutions of Apple and Microsoft: things like iTunes (the App Store is the very definition of closed), OS X, Windows or Office. So far, nobody tried to make them usable. Canonical, providing these in a nice package that end users can use is not "evil." IMHO.

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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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