"Last week, in "Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?" I
presented one view of Ubuntu and its relationship with other parts
of the free and open source software (FOSS) community. One of the
first and most articulate responses to the article came from
Ubuntu's community manager Jono Bacon.
"In Bacon's view, far from being increasingly inward-looking and
commercially-oriented, Ubuntu today is what it has always been: A
company well-grounded in FOSS values that continues to innovate.
Although he admits that relationships with the GNOME project could
be improved and that Ubuntu/Canonical has sometimes made mistakes,
he continues to see Ubuntu as a major force in bringing FOSS to
people outside the traditional community.
"Bacon was cautious in his criticisms of the original story,
saying twice that "the last thing I want to be perceived as is as
stomping on journalists." All the same, he characterized it as "one
side of the story," suggesting that "if both sides had been
presented, it would have provided a really interesting story.""
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