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Ubuntu Linux and GNOME: The Disputes continue

Mar 14, 2011, 19:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Linux is the supercomputer operating system of choice; thanks to Android, Linux is becoming the most popular smartphone operating system of them all;and Linux continues to make gains in the server market. But, when it comes to the desktop, no matter how you measure it, Linux has never how more than a tiny share of the desktop market. Why? Well, I can give you lots of reasons, but one that Mark Shuttleworth founder of Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, has pointed out that there's a lot of disorganization and disorder in Linux desktop developer circles.

"The specific problem that started the current discussions roiling the Linux desktop waters was explored by Dave Neary, a member and former director of the GNOME, in a commentary on how Canonical and Ubuntu people claimed that "We offered our help to GNOME, and they didn't want it."

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