Ubuntu is Built with Proprietary Software
Jul 11, 2007, 22:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)
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"Ubuntu is open source, right? Most of it is, small parts of it
are not. Even though it ships with some proprietary hardware
drivers (a necessity in the desktop computing world, no matter what
the hardliners say), one thing stands out as oddly hypocritical is
the fact that Ubuntu's development tools--collectively called
Launchpad--are proprietary. Even worse are the company's
explanations for why Launchpad is proprietary.
"Sometimes you're stuck with proprietary software because there
are no alternatives. Such is the case with some hardware drivers
and a very small number of desktop programs..."