Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 22:42 UTC
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.

Member since:
2007-09-25

His logic is fine.

An apple is like a banana. They're both fruits.
Canonical is like a priest who sins but pays taxes. They are both evil.

A=Everyone must pay taxes
B=Priest pays taxes
C=Priest hasn't abused children

A=1, B=1

C remains indeterminable; IOW A and B are irrelevant

A=GPL doesn't enforce contributions
B=Canonical follows the GPL
C=Canonical doesn't contribute

A=1, B=1

C remains indeterminable; IOW A and B are irrelevant

Is that clear, or do you need a diagram?

Member since:
2008-12-16

Get back to me when you learn what a comparison is.

Member since:
2007-09-25

Get back to me when you learn what a comparison is.

What is there to learn?
To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.

X=Priest hasn't abused children
Y=Canonical doesn't contribute

I never compared the two, I never assessed any similarities or differences, I merely made an analogy in order to achieve the desired inference, which has nothing to do with the source of the analogy (X).

And before you go ahead and think that I assessed any similarities:

Similar:
Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

I never explained any characteristics in common, did I? Thus I never made a comparison.

Moreover, this is a red herring, you are ignoring the inference I'm pointing out; the fact that Canonical is obeying the GPL is irrelevant to the matter of collaboration.