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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Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Why? Because Ubuntu made Linux visible and usable for a lot of people and end users.

That's a lot of contribution.

First fact:
Pretty much all usability work in GNOME ("the Linux GUI") was done by Sun.

Second fact:
Canonical does not make "Linux" visible. In fact they try very hard to avoid using that term at all on ubuntu.com.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Canonical does not make "Linux" visible. In fact they try very hard to avoid using that term at all on ubuntu.com.


Right, because Apple talks about XNU on apple.com/macosx all the time, and the Windows 7 page is riddled with references to the NT kernel.

Funny how people hammer on and on about how Linux is not an operating system, yet when Ubuntu adheres to that meme, it's suddenly an evil plot to destroy Linux.

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

because Apple talks about XNU on apple.com/macosx all the time, and the Windows 7 page is riddled with references to the NT kernel.

Funny how people hammer on and on about how Linux is not an operating system, yet when Ubuntu adheres to that meme, it's suddenly an evil plot to destroy Linux.

You are funny in your attempt to change the topic. The argument was "Canonical makes Linux visible". All I did was to counter that argument that Canonical in fact tries hard to hide where the software, that Canonical distributes, comes from. That's the opposite of what the claim was, Canonical would do.

Canonical goes so far and prints on http://www.ubuntu.com/server
Ubuntu Server mixes effortlessly with Ubuntu, Windows or Mac OS environments.

See? Canonical tries to avoid the term "Linux" so hard, they won't even write that "Ubuntu Server mixes effortlessly with Windows, Mac OS, or Ubuntu and other Linux environments."

Is it forbidden to hide the word "Linux"? No. But when some company works hard to eliminate that word from any public medium, it's simply wrong to attest that company that it does much for the visibility of Linux.

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