Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
Posted Feb 17, 2011 12:06 UTC (Thu) by pboddie
In reply to: Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
Parent article: Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
We're going to go round and round in circles over this...
I don't think providing the Ubuntu desktop qualifies as "contributing nothing to the process." You can't run banshee on thin air, and few people would run it on Windows. Ubuntu is the enabler for such software for ordinary users.
I don't think providing the Debian distribution qualifies as "contributing nothing to the process", either. In fact, there's always been tension between upstream projects and distributions. Sure, if the Banshee or Amarok projects (or whoever) decide that they're going to put in a facility to purchase music through a store that gives them a stream of donations that might fund their work, it's a speculative move on their part, and removing such facilities isn't against the licensing terms, but when distributions start to flex their muscles and override such initiatives, effectively saying "Oh no you don't! If anyone is going to get money from this, it's us!", whilst not providing a replacement stream of funding, then that distribution is cultivating a reputation for freeloading at the expense of the groups that contribute to its success.
A banshee developer posted elsewhere on this page that the majority of banshee users are Ubuntu users.
And someone else pointed out that this doesn't mean that the majority of people buying music and "donating" are Ubuntu users.
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