Analysing typical idiot behaviour of not paying attention to details, exploiting it, growing people into idiots(brainscripting etc). Next comes monopolisation and overtake. Good thing is Canonical has no reason to take over say GNU, because GNU is not commercial or making own distribution. Otherwise GNU would already be taken over by Canonical.
Why would Ubuntu then prohibit using its name and logo in its forks and spinoffs? To prevent damage to its reputation. This is PURE marketing.
The only mechanism useful is pinning and careful sorting of packages.
For example I want to replace Ubuntu themes with Ocean-colored ones.
Then I have to track all and every change done to ubuntu-theming and make sure my version persists to *substitute* it correctly. I have to rebuild my version and make sure it does not break anything.
This is extreme hard work. This is pretty normal for any binary-based package manager. This works as long as amount of deviations stays within sane number and I play nice with upstream.
This is reason for extreme long path and near zero communication between developers and users. Why the hell is Ubuntu placing itself between them?!
If you have Debian, you have huge project that produces the binaries directly and has strict policies. This works.
But dont you ever try to report about an error of the modification, of the modification, of the modification. This is insane.
Because there is source. And there are recipes to build the source into specific binary form. This should be end-form.
If you want to modify the package - collaborate on source level. Together instead of standing on fathers head. But then, suddenly, Ubuntu "sales" might go down. Because people will notice which contribution and development each really do.
Linux is a TM, because Linus did not want someone take it over(in fact that attempt WAS made) and then start patent trolling. So it is TM for stability, not for reputation.
I have seen Mercedes Benz(unlike you) using Mercedes Benz motors and Mercedes Benz parts. Ubuntu has kernel "ubuntu" - right? Any "ubuntu" parts that are withing "ubuntu"? Ah, yes, Unity. Good point to start calling it Ubuntu, instead of Ubuntu Linux.
Wal-Mart is US-shoping chain selling chinese made stuff at american prices. It is very strong commercial marketing, repackaging and selling company. Just like Ubuntu?
"mercedes car" -> "ubuntu linux operating system", I dont think your variant is very close to my original suggestion.
Once again - "ubuntu" is targeted at those "uneducated" people. Those people DO NOT KNOW WHAT LINUX, GNU, FOSS ETC IS. The ones *forcing down the throat* are Canonical with its Ubuntu marketing. Maybe you are so used to their marketing, you stopped recognising the right and left? Maybe you are similar addict as windows user - the one searching for start button and claiming the OS should have .exe files?
Linux Mint was founded to make Linux user friendly. They stepped in, took Debian Unstable packages and started to get donations to make Linux useful for a noob. Programmers program, hobbists do it as hobby and other people either pay for development or use what is already made - without licenses, unneccessary payments - in FOSS form. This is called Free Libre Open Source.
You scream, what you are.
I donīt copy how racism and african theming belong together.
You are aware there is african racism, jewish racism, islam racism? I donīt even want to touch that pile oī sht. Or should I say variations of sht?
The point of my post is dead simple - Ubuntu, due to its excessive marketing associates FOSS and its brightest projects with one particular set of stereotypes.
When you go out and ask what is Linux, uneducated people will start sayin - its Ubuntu.
In fact nothing is wrong with African theming. Nothing is really wrong with "start button" or microsoft swastika either.
Too bad, good sane buddhists forgot to *TM* the swastika, as symbol of the Sun, the same way Linus did with Linux, so no one could steal it and associate it with something very dirty,wrong and completely opposite.
Be it your *favourite* topic or microsoft symbol.
You can scream - Gentoo Linux user.