Ubuntu, security response, and community contributions
Posted Jul 17, 2008 16:50 UTC (Thu) by mikov
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And finally, Ubuntu brings something to the GNU/Linux community which is extremely difficult
to create and also impossible to quantify: opportunity and marketing, and a kind of "average
user legitimacy". I know that virtually all the technology in Ubuntu was there before and/or
was provided by someone else, but putting it together to create that "buzz" and really
concentrating on growing the user base and what that takes is a big task. While it's not a
technical achievement, it's very hard to do and that success DOES help every GNU/Linux user
and distribution. As technologists too often we base all our opinions on measurable criteria
such as number of bugs fixed, changes merged, etc. but there are other yardsticks that are
important as well.
I agree 100%. I have my own gripes with Ubuntu (see below), but in my eyes in recent years it has made more for Linux acceptance than the rest of the vendors combined.
Yes, they used work done by others - Debian, RedHat, etc without contributing much software, but so what ? This is what free software is about. There is nothing immoral or unethical what Ubuntu is doing! If you don't want Ubuntu to use your software, then don't make it free, I say ...
The problem with Ubuntu, as I see it, is that they don't have the resources to fix bugs and probably lack the leverage with upstream. What happens if you complain to Canonical support about a problem ? If its not a configuration issue, they are probably just going to have to wait like the rest of us for the next upstream release, hoping that it addresses that specific problem. So, I don't see why I would pay them for support.
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