In defense of Ubuntu reproach
Posted Aug 19, 2008 23:30 UTC (Tue) by nevyn
Parent article: In defense of Ubuntu
Ubuntu is far from perfect, and it could certainly give back more than it does, but Ubuntu does not deserve the level of opprobrium it is receiving from certain parts of our community.
The developers who castigate Ubuntu are uniformly silent about the number of kernel patches coming from the Mandriva camp. They have nothing to say about how much Xandros gives back to Debian.
Maybe because the number of contributions are roughly in line with the number of their users? And also the length of time that it's been "the one true distro."
I mean I appreciate that we don't have anything better than google trends for stats. on Ubuntu users, but that is often used by their evangelists, and "trends" implies that Ubuntu got more mindshare than Fedora/Debian sometime 2005. That's over 3 years ago.
Sudden success can breed a certain amount of animosity, especially when much of that success is perceived to be built on the work of others
Yeh, sudden success 3 years ago. We were fine with them not contributing much back, instantly, they obviously need time to invest from their new found success. But three years is a long time. Are you implying that it would be fine for the leader of Linux user mindshare to never contribute anything back? If not, how many years does it have to be ... and how little do they have to give back?
Also, esp. as engineers, it's compelling to look at the end game ... what happens if all the Linux users are using Ubuntu? It's obvious that the huge amount of work that Red Hat funds can't happen if Fedora/RHEL don't have any users ... is IBM going to fund everything?
On top of all this, Ubuntu employs a number of developers who work within the community. Yes, it would be a good thing if there were more of these developers. It would also be good if more fixes and enhancements escaped Ubuntu's repositories and made it back upstream.
Good if more fixes escaped upstream? ... as though some evil company is keeping them hostage but Canonical is bravely working night and day to free them? Well, I guess, that's almost true. I'm not sure if you meant that as a ironic reference to their "let's share releases" statement (alas. also one of many "not quite true" statements the company has made -- which also doedsn't endear them to us).
I appreciate that you seem to like the Ubuntu distribution, but try not to let that cloud your appraisal of Canonical/Ubuntu the company.
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