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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu has come under a decent amount of flack over the past few months, particularly over their decision to use the 'Dash Search' to return results from Amazon by default in their most recent release.
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I don't understand
by 3rdalbum on Sun 17th Mar 2013 12:48 UTC
3rdalbum
Member since:
2008-05-26

I've figured out why people are so butt-hurt over Ubuntu.

It's a popular distro, backed by a millionaire and developed to be commercially-viable. It became popular quickly. Ubuntu has tried to work with upstream developers, only to be shunned (for example, Gnome). Ubuntu has tried to tread a line between freedom of code and pragmatism, but then gets attacked by the FSF for not being free enough, and by users who say "Just use Linux Mint because it comes with everything".

Ubuntu has twice developed a fully-FLOSS version of Ubuntu and encouraged the community to get involved, with no success in engaging any interest in these efforts.

It's not a case of "I hate Ubuntu because of privacy concerns" or even "I hate Ubuntu because of Unity"; remember all the loathing directed at Ubuntu's two colour schemes and the decision to move three buttons from the right side of the screen to the left? It's something more automatic and instinctual than intellectual. It seems like people in the community hate Ubuntu because it's a commercial distro and it's successful. A bit of anti-capitalism, mixed with tall-poppy syndrome.

When Ubuntu partnered with Amazon, the reason given was "privacy", but this obviously isn't the real reason as Ubuntu's Video lens sent your video search queries to China for six months before Amazon. No, it's because Amazon is a large, successful business, therefore it's the enemy.

By the nature of what Ubuntu is trying to do - a free-to-use distro that is commercially successful - it will always face a hostile Linux community and so can't rely on the community to be of much assistance.

The Linux community is like the gang of protesters who are trying to stop a cave being turned into a tourist cave. The protesters claim to be trying to protect the environment, but really they just want to be one of the exclusive people who possess the equipment and skills to spelunk the cave; not one of the riff-raff. The government department wants to install lights and stairs and hire tour guides so more people can enjoy the cave without needing special equipment and super fitness.

Unfortunately quite a few people won't see this post because it'll get downvoted, but I think I'm probably closer to the truth than any previous comment-er on this post.

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RE: I don't understand
by Alfman on Sun 17th Mar 2013 19:24 in reply to "I don't understand"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

3rdalbum,

Ubuntu criticism may very well be more strongly pronounced owing to it's popularity, but that really is not the underlying cause.

If you really think ubuntu is criticized due to it's success, then I suggest instead you take a new look at the collective criticisms in the light of an underdog who has no significant market share. Most of the criticisms would still hold in the eyes of those who posted them, therefor there's probably more to it than you've concluded.

Personally, I left Ubuntu for Mint, and trust me it had nothing to do with Ubuntu's success, but rather that Ubuntu's management doesn't seem to have much regard for user feedback. For me, it really was as simple as that.

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