"Yet this popularity has a flip side. If Ubuntu is the
most popular distribution, it is also the most hated. Last year, a
survey on the Linux Hater's blog listed Ubuntu as "the most hated
community distro." Search Google for "why I hate Ubuntu," and 9260
hits are returned -- compared to 376 for the equivalent phrase for
Debian, and 11 for Fedora.
"What is happening here? How can Ubuntu be both so successful
and so determinedly attacked? The attacks, like so much that is
negative in the free software community, are likely from a minority
whose obsessiveness gives them the illusion of numbers. Yet, if so,
it still seems a larger minority than usual.
"The explanation seems to be that Ubuntu is attacked from
several perspectives. Partly, the attacks may be simply a
consequence of business as usual. But other grievances also seem to
be aired when Ubuntu is attacked. They range from a perception that
Ubuntu is stealing from Debian or is an upstart in free software in
general to accusations that the distro is not a member in good
standing of the community. But perhaps the largest reason is that
Ubuntu is a victim of its own success, and has created expectations
that it has yet to fill completely."