Canonical (Ubuntu) - the evil company
Much of the controversy about Canonical especially the (non-existing) relationship with upstream was discussed broadly. But Canonicals view of OSS community is even worse than I supposed.
They have own original projects so-called opensource, where copyright assignment to Canonical is demanded. This fact itself is not so bad on its own, but the assignment conditions really are. In fact they violate the spirit of the community collaboration as usual. It is not any surprise almost nobody want to contribute to Canonicals/Ubuntu projects...
Canonical, Ltd. Finally On Record: Seeking Open Core
Ubuntu, Canonical Wallow in Muddy Waters with Contributors' Agreements
You know, right now Ubuntu rocks and pushes some stuff forward that everyone benefits from. If at some point Canonical/Ubuntu get evil enough so that you can't use their software without feeling ill anymore, there's always Fedora and the likes.
Next9 this was very well known with their "Launchpad" projects.
Canonical is just a marketing company that uses Linux to make money (nothing more; unlike Novel, RH etc) with minimal effort. They only care about getting more free bug-testers with that Ubuntu thing.
Ubuntu is millionaire's "hobby OS", one of many his different sources of income. In times of Vista many have hoped Ubuntu to jump in and do revolution in OS segment, but it didnt happen. I think because M$ just invests way way more $$$ in development/bribe/whatever than Ubuntu.
Sometime ago it was usable, but since few years - ugh, look at Distrowatch, Mint is very very popular - I wonder why. Actually I know why, but nevermind.
Thanks for the links btw.
Really? They push forward maybe 1% of stuff of Fedora, where the thing are really developed and released first.
Originally Posted by d2kx
Whatever one could thing about Fedora or Opensuse, these distros rock, just because the work hard and interact strognly with community.
There is no difference between Fedora and Opensuse in corporate influence. Both are fully driven by their communities.
Ubuntu is far more affected by its corporate parent.
Dude I sense you might want to kick me in the "waste disposal", but in Linux Mint 9 the second printer I have (hp b209) was just discovered, attached and as ready to go. I just plugged in a cable, got a message that I can use it and basta.
Originally Posted by Panix
Due to harddrive failure I had to reinstall the system from scratch(they have double harddrives now, second for goal of periodical backups only) and had zero time to cfg the Debian manually again, just needed a running "consumer" system quickly for age 60 people and installed Mint 9 in several minutes. That was like a breeze. And the gfx config panel is awesome, I use Gentoo for long time, but I was heavily impressed.