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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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

I have only met 2 people in the last 4 years that run Linux on the desktop. Just about everyone who has asked me about Linux viewed it as something that has to do with servers and is somehow a threat to MSFT.

I honestly think Red Hat has done more to popularize Linux in the real world due to mainstream press over their market position.

Sure there have been a thousand digg/reddit articles on Ubuntu but I think they are mostly attracting the same crowd that existed before Ubuntu came along. The teenagers that discovered Ubuntu would have discovered whatever distro was most popular.

Ubuntu has a team of 300 employees and I honestly don't understand what they do all day. The areas where Ubuntu gets compliments like the installer and codec prompts should be handled by a single developer.

I'm not convinced that Ubuntu is anything more than Debian + codec prompts + a marketing budget. I also think that Linux Mint has more potential when it comes to mainstream appeal. Ubuntu has a weird color scheme and the name sounds like a hipster yoga studio.

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SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

It's about putting all of these things together right and quiet frankly, no distro has done it properly to the point where it is seamless.

Fedora is good if you purely like FOSS, but it's not going to get anywhere in the desktop market what so ever without providing a seamless way of integrating proprietary software. FOSS is not good enough to replace the NVIDIA binary, codecs or Flash and why Canonical has seamlessly integrated such things into their distro.

openSUSE again fail here but at least prove Flash via the updates, but again because they're purely FOSS, fail to provide any sort of out of the box proprietary install solution besides manually adding repositories.

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gfx1 Member since:
2006-01-20

Linux Mint is Ubuntu with a green theme and a background picture in the bootloader.

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