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Upstreams, Downstreams, and Revenue Streams in Ubuntu

Feb 23, 2011, 19:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Case in point: Vendors can take a hefty cut of the profits from applications sold through their app stores or shipped by default. But should they?

"With great power comes great responsibility. No, I'm not talking about Peter Parker and superpowers by spiderbite, I'm talking about the control that vendors have over platforms like iOS, Windows, and Ubuntu. While Canonical may not be quite as powerful as Apple or Microsoft, the company still has a lot of power when it comes to connecting users to open source applications and choosing defaults in Ubuntu releases. How is Canonical using that power? Less heroically than one might hope."

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