"Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark
Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes
are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software
community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying
to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't
trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is
trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and
all the application software that a typical user would want to run
on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think
it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability,
or even worse make the desktop irrelevant.
"Mr. Shuttleworth's initial point was one that few people
disagree with: that software installers are bad for users and
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