Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 1st Mar 2011 18:32 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The conflict between Banshee and Canonical over what should be done with Banshee's Amazon Store revenue stream, while it was finally resolved, was not Ubuntu's most shining moment. At the matter's conclusion, Banshee developers were not happy with the results. This is not how open-source communities should work together and no one knows that better than Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, who wrote, "We made some mistakes in our handling of the discussion around revenue share with the Banshee team.""
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RE[3]: What is Fedora, then?
by perlid on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 00:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What is Fedora, then? "
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Neither selling nor testing the bits is the main point, it's the commercial support offering (which usually implies selling/testing/etc).

I think you might be a bit too hung up on the specific phrase "commercial Linux desktop" used by Shuttleworth, which admittedly is vague and ambiguous. However, in context of his blog post is seems fairly obvious to me that he is referring to Redhat and Novell. Which, together with Canonical, are the only relevant vendors which provide commercial support services for their desktop distributions.

Shuttleworth's choice of phrase might not have been perfect here, but I can't say that it made me think his intentions was to mislead or earn goodwill.

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