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Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Posted Jun 5, 2008 3:26 UTC (Thu) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
In reply to: Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu by glynmoody
Parent article: Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Why did you leave out OpenGL, for which Microsoft has some patents thanks to acquisitions from
SGI?

Why did you leave out Samba, which is clearly just a reimplementation of Microsoft's obviously
patented protocols?

Why did you leave out FAT file system support we all use on memory cards, which is a Microsoft
technology?

Why the hell do you think that a KDE-based distribution can't have Mono?  Or an XFCE one?  Or
one that doesn't even have a GUI?

Just own up to being a bigot and quit trying to cover your ass with generality and assumptions
stated as facts.  Your clear copying of Microsoft's FUD technology might open you up to a
patent lawsuit, you know.


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Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Posted Jun 5, 2008 4:36 UTC (Thu) by lysse (guest, #3190) [Link]

Perhaps, in between the "preview comment" button and the "submit" button, there is an
occasional need - one I've fallen foul of myself at times - for a "have a cup of peppermint
tea and chill out a bit" button...?

Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Posted Jun 6, 2008 12:37 UTC (Fri) by filipjoelsson (guest, #2622) [Link]

I hereby nominate the parent comment to the (as yet non-existing) award: Reader comment of the
week!

Anyway, I'd really like such i feature... :)

Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Posted Jun 6, 2008 21:33 UTC (Fri) by amazingblair (guest, #2789) [Link]

I second the nomination, and hereby suggest that LWN adopt a
"Reader Comment of the Week" Award
for meritorious verbality. (ooh! "meritorious verbality" -- that was good right there!) :-)

-Amazing Blair

Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu

Posted Jun 5, 2008 8:46 UTC (Thu) by glynmoody (guest, #34032) [Link]

As for Samba, see the comment lower down.  I'm not quite sure which OpenGL patents you're
referring to: if you could please specify, I'll try to comment.  The FAT patents look likely
to be thrown out (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_allocation_table#Appeal).

Other non-GNOME distributions could certainly have Mono, but it wouldn't be very natural.
Part of my point about the relationship between GNOME and Mono is that it *is* very natural to
install the latter, even if there is no formal link between the projects.

As for bigotry, I'm not quite sure where my obstinacy or intolerance lies.  It's certainly not
in my attitude to GNOME, which I use on all my main machines.  I'm just pointing out that
there are issues that are worth exploring in this area, which is what I tried to do with Mark
Shuttleworth, since his perspective would obviously be interesting and important.  I don't
think that's bigotry.


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