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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RE[2]: duh
by fanboi_fanboi on Thu 16th Sep 2010 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE: duh"
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So wait ... you mean, these entities are understaffed because ... coders don't like to work for free?

Perish the thought. Who would've thought.

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RE[3]: duh
by Fettarme H-Milch on Fri 17th Sep 2010 00:02 in reply to "RE[2]: duh"
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There are commercial entities called distributors that make money of Free Software projects.
If for whatever reason a FOSS project is broken and the distributor relies on that, it's the distributor's obligation towards its customers to fix what's broken.

Across the whole Linux stack, Xorg/Mesa is the piece that currently needs the most work.
If the whole FOSS world was made up of volunteer hobby programmers, it would be perfectly OK if FOSS was moving at a slower pace than it actually moves right now. However the world is as it is and commercial distributors exist. As long as they are freeloading, they are behaving against what the FOSS projects as well as the paying customers could expect.

Edited 2010-09-17 00:04 UTC

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