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How Canonical Can Do Ubuntu Right: It Isn't a Technical Problem

Apr 13, 2010, 11:02 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

[ Thanks to Caitlyn Martin for this link. ]

"I knew in advance that venting my frustrations with Ubuntu in the form of an article yesterday would stir up a hornet's nest. Sometimes when I criticize a Linux distribution there is a tendency by the community around the distro to circle the wagons and to go on the attack. Sometimes, particularly in cases of smaller distributions like VectorLinux and Absolute Linux, the response is very positive: an acknowledgment of the issues involved and a commitment to correct the issues. Developers of distributions in the second category never fail to impress me with their commitment to their product and the community and they deserve kudos for their approach.

"So far, with only a very few exceptions, the comments and discussion around my criticism of Ubuntu has been respectful and on topic, even when people strongly disagreed with me. This says something very positive about the Ubuntu community.

"Having read all the comments I'd like to clarify my thoughts on the subject. First and foremost, with all my criticism of Ubuntu, I am not questioning the competence or the expertise of the developers at Canonical. Far from it. As I pointed out in the article the folks behind Ubuntu have proven they are capable of delivering a quality product. That isn't at issue."

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