Canonical's business model?
Posted Aug 20, 2008 22:57 UTC (Wed) by ofeeley
In reply to: Canonical's business model?
Parent article: In defense of Ubuntu
The great thing is that things mostly 'just work' - Flash, multimedia codecs, Java,
Well, as regards the Java part you can thank Red Hat for hiring the developers that worked on Iced Tea and the FSF for starting GNU Classpath.
As regards the other stuff you can explain to your elderly relative that the proprietary, closed-source Flash on Linux doesn't always work properly and may be responsible for exposing him to vulnerabilities.
Also, how is /you/ setting up your relative's box an example of Ubuntu being "easier" for ordinary users? You could probably just as easily set up a Debian, Mandriva, OpenSuSE or Fedora box and trivially install non-Free software.
The interesting thing is whether the Free/Open software ecosystem will be able to evolve so that there is no need for dependence on closed-source or patent-encumbered stuff, or whether the cheaters in the population will cannibalize the common resources and then cause a population crash.
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