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Sep 23, 2010, 17:33 (7 Talkback[s])
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"A few days ago, Mark Shuttleworth took some time to address critics who scoff at Canonical's contributions to GNOME and the Linux kernel itself by sharing his thoughts on the subject in his personal blog. The post, titled "Reflections on Ubuntu, Canonical and the march to free software adoption", reflecting on Canonical and Ubuntu's contributions to the world of free and open source software. There are a couple of interesting stories, some obvious rationalization, some genuine insights, and more than a few nods to the various forces that come together to create a Linux distribution.

"These include not only the people behind the Linux kernel, but GNU and the Free Software Foundation, Mozilla, KDE, GNOME. (aka Oracle and SUN Microsystems before that), Sendmail, Apache, the Internet Systems Consortium, IBM, Google, Red Hat, Novell (and SUSE), etc, etc, etc. In his post, Mark Shuttleworth named a few. I've added a bunch of others. The point being that Ubuntu isn't just Linux and Linux isn't just GNU, and so on. There are many thousands of people and a huge number of companies that contribute to FOSS.

"For years now, I've wrestled with the question of how free software, and Linux, makes it into the hands of the average person. I have written about Linux and hundreds of packages in magazines and in books. I've given talks and presentations, taught classes, and done radio and television trying to show people how free software is ready to do what they need to do, with the added bonus that the world is a better for place whenever open source and open standards are strong. It's a message I believe in and one I've never stopped giving, but . . . I am thrilled by all the strides that have been made by FOSS and Linux but . . . "

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