"What Mr. Shuttleworth did with Canonical and Ubuntu was
divebomb the distribution pool. I can't claim to know anything
about his personal motivations: I've never met him and
weâ€™ve never interacted. He's on public record
as saying his motivation is to promote the usage of Linux in
particular and free software in general, and
thatâ€™s a laudable goal and one I can't with
good conscience say is not his true aim. However, if I accept that
thatâ€™s his aim, I still question his
"Ubuntu is fundamentally in a position of deeply unfair
competition within the Linux distribution market. I know Mr.
Shuttleworth frequently says its true competition is Microsoft, but
that's exactly it -- he tends to act as if other distributions were
irrelevant at best and a hindrance at worst. Ubuntu is a commercial
distribution, with a large staff of paid developers -- like
Mandriva, Red Hat (and, to an extent, Fedora), or SUSE. However, it
is not remotely self-supporting and does not plan to be
self-supporting in any reasonable timeframe."
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