Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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Moral issues
by JoshuaS on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 17:52 UTC
JoshuaS
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2011-09-15

Why are people angry at Canonical for this? Are they going to execute the political opposition with Ubuntu? No, not at all! China and other U.S.-opponents like Russia have been realising that proprietary American software contains a lot of spyware usable by the U.S. government. They want full control over who has access to their computers, which is their honest right. And don't come up with freedom of choice. I live in a country with one of the most deregulated markets in the world, yet honestly I have no choice but to run Windows in my daily life because nobody wants to make a cross-platform API for desktop applications.

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RE: Moral issues
by ricegf on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 14:54 in reply to "Moral issues"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Can you point me to the forums where "people are angry at Canonical for this"?

I see no comments on Ubuntu forums, two generally supportive comments on OmgUbuntu, nothing on Planet Ubuntu, @Ubuntu's tweet has 18 retweets and a fav and all but one comment positive, and the CEO's (@silbs) tweet has 11 retweets and 5 favourites and no comments.

Where should I be looking for this angry mob, exactly?

BTW, I run virtually the same apps on my Windows and SUSE boxes at work and my Ubuntu box at home. Writing cross-platform is freaking trivial - I'd personally recommend Qt and Python, but the list of quality options is far too long to provide here.

When a developer writes for a specific platform, it's because she wants to wring the absolute best experience for that platform. If you want multi-platform, use a somewhat more generic competitor that also supports Windows (ahem).

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RE[2]: Moral issues
by 3rdalbum on Sun 24th Mar 2013 07:52 in reply to "RE: Moral issues"
3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

Can you point me to the forums where "people are angry at Canonical for this"?

I see no comments on Ubuntu forums, two generally supportive comments on OmgUbuntu, nothing on Planet Ubuntu, @Ubuntu's tweet has 18 retweets and a fav and all but one comment positive, and the CEO's (@silbs) tweet has 11 retweets and 5 favourites and no comments.

Where should I be looking for this angry mob, exactly?


Two comments in opposition on Ubuntu Forums were "jailed", mine was one of them. I've posted a new item at the end of the thread, hopefully it will stay there.

What I find utterly unbelievable is that the angry mobs come out in force when Ubuntu sends search queries to Amazon, but not when it sends search queries to a Chinese video sharing site. The angry mobs come out when Ubuntu writes a new display server, but not when Canonical jumps into bed with the Chinese government. This China deal has the potential for much bigger privacy violations - and not just in China - than any US shopping site can cause.

I like Unity, so I think I'm moving to Linux Mint where presumably I can still install Unity. I know Mint's founder is anti-Israel and doesn't want anyone to use his distro unless they share his political opinions, but I figure he's less of a threat to me than Ubuntu.

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