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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..."

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