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Canonical calls original proposal a "mistake" and overrides Banshee team's decision

Feb 25, 2011, 21:41 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Canonical revises Banshee deal: Pray it doesn't alter it further

"Canonical has gone back to the drawing board on its affiliate deal with Banshee saying the previous proposals to the Banshee team were "mistakes." Canonical is now enabling the Amazon store by default, and also giving a 25% cut of its revenue from Banshee and Rhythmbox's Ubuntu One Store to GNOME. Though Canonical is positioning this as a result of "discussions" with the Banshee team, the company is overriding the unanimous decision from the Banshee team with its own plan.

"Cristian Parrino, who leads Canonical's Online Services team, originally held discussions with the Banshee team (in this case, Aaron Bockover, Alexander Kojevnikov, Bertrand Lorentz, and Gabriel Burt) and asked whether they'd prefer to turn off the Amazon MP3 store in Banshee, or retain 25% of the affiliate fees to be earmarked for GNOME. In most other distributions, the affiliate code is left intact and 100% of any monies raised through Amazon affiliate fees are directly contributed to GNOME automatically."

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