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Should Ubuntu Have Been Created?

Mar 22, 2010, 19:02 (11 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to KeithCu for this link. ]

"What many people don't understand about Linux development is that it's truly a team effort:

" Red Hat develops the kernel,
Novell develops the applications,
Debian does the packaging,
and Ubuntu takes the credit!

"—Joke found on a bathroom stall at LinuxWorld Boston 2005

"The next chapter discusses challenges facing the free software community, but Debian/Ubuntu is a specific one to discuss here because it is a case study on the software vehicle that today is the most likely replacement for Windows and the Mac.

"While the Linux community has benefited greatly from Ubuntu's investments and focus on the deficiencies of Debian, it is not clear why Shuttleworth needed to fork Debian to improve Debian in the first place. Hiring volunteers to work full-time is a good way to speed up progress, but they could have done their work inside of Debian if Mark had told them to. In addition, there is an argument to be made that both Ubuntu and Debian are hurt by the split.

"It is widely accepted in the free software community that Ubuntu and Debian have a special relationship. Ubuntu's website says that Debian is "the rock" that Ubuntu is built upon. Given that Debian is installed on millions of machines, has been around for 15 years, and has 1,000 developers, this analogy is apt."

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