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Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and the Linux Desktop

Jul 07, 2008, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"This question comes from a member of Free Culture at Virginia Tech: Ubuntu is certainly a major step in the right direction in terms of universal usability of Linux for the average person's desktop/notebook. But the process isn't complete yet. Are there any fundamental changes being considered to accelerate the release of a perfectly intuitive, out-of-the-box Ubuntu that will single-handedly dominate the world in the name of Free Software?

"I think his premise is correct, that Linux has made leaps and bounds. And it's not just Ubuntu--and Ubuntu certainly can't take credit for all the progress that’s been made on the usability front. But we certainly champion the idea.

"We genuinely believe that Linux can deliver what he's asking for, and we want to be right in the front of the effort to help make that happen. But there are lots of other groups, upstream communities like GNOME and KDE, and other distributions, and all of us are playing our part..."

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