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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This has been mentioned a few times so I gotta speak up; it's all selfish interest. With individuals, I can see a percentage being purely altruistic but the majority have an invested self interest. But a corporation? Novell, Mandriva, Red Hat; they don't do a single thing that is not about self interests. They are legally obligated to value the share holder above all else. The only reason the contribute so much code back is because they believe it will lead to greater profit. These are profit focused entities not well sponsored non-profit orgs. If they thought there was less profit in collaborating, they wouldn't do it.

It's worked so far. It's fantastic that such big organizations believe there is value in that collaboration. Mandriva was my distro of choice until Debian recently. They really deserve credit for being the first to focus on new users; it's still a better distro backed by a lesser marketing department than Canonical's. I'm just suggesting that we remember that these suggested altruistic corporations are legally obligated amoral entities that wouldn't lean left and pass gas if it didn't lead toward profit.

For the record, I do have grief for Canonical but it's with the distro assembly. In the greater market, Canonical has been highly successful at bringing more attention to the FOSS world.

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