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Banshee vs. Ubuntu Linux on Revenue sharing

Feb 19, 2011, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"When Banshee, the popular Mono-based open-source media player was first included by default in the next version of Ubuntu Linux , Banshee's developers thought this was great news. But, then Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company decided that they wanted 75% of any revenue from Banshee's built-in connection to the Amazon music store-revenue that Banshee was already donating all of to the GNOME Foundation.

"Now, this isn't a lot of money–As of February 1, 2011 Banshee had raised $3,077 for GNOME–but it was the principle of the thing. So when Canonical, "concerned with how our [Banshee] Amazon store would affect their Ubuntu One store." and proposed two options: "Canonical disables the Amazon store by default (you could enable it in a few easy steps) but leaves the affiliate code alone (100% still to GNOME), or Canonical leaves the Amazon store enabled, but changes the affiliate code and takes a 75% cut.""

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