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Why I Don't Like Canonical

Oct 31, 2008, 18:31 (45 Talkback[s])

"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 we’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 that’s a laudable goal and one I can't with good conscience say is not his true aim. However, if I accept that that’s his aim, I still question his methods.

"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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