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[News] Debate Develops Around Ubuntu's Opening to Non-Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Debate Develops Around Ubuntu's Opening to Non-Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:55:21 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Proprietary software in Ubuntu? â Good or bad?

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| Looking from a FOSS point of view, the 
| inclusion of proprietary software within 
| the Ubuntu library will be of concern to 
| some.  I can understand that point, however 
| we have to be realistic.  Ubuntu is 
| arguably the most popular Linux distro, it 
| has a legion of very happy users who 
| champion the product.  Unfortunately 
| Canonical is a company and its a company 
| that needs to generate revenue to stay in 
| existence.  If Canonical could âliveâ off 
| good will and praise then it would probably 
| be the most valuable company in the world. 
| I have often said there is a place for 
| proprietary software and if by offering 
| titles that were traditionally the mainstay 
| of a Windows platform will bring new users 
| to Linux, then bring it on.


Why Canonicalâs move to bring close-sourced applications to Ubuntu is a good thing

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| If you have ever introduce someone to 
| Linux, you will know that they always ask 
| âWill this software work? Will that 
| software work?â. If you say âNo they wonât 
| workâ, they instantly loose interest. For 
| example, I have been asked if Photoshop 
| will work when I try to get my friend to 
| install Ubuntu. When I told him that it 
| will not, no amount of convincing from me 
| that Gimp is a great alternative could move 
| him. However, if Windows (or Mac) users get 
| to use their favorite applications in 
| Ubuntu as well it will increase the number 
| of Ubuntu users greatly.
| From Canonicalâs point of view too this 
| makes a lot of sense. If they make paid 
| softwares like Photoshop available in their 
| repository, they are effectively acting as 
| an online store. This can potentially be 
| another revenue source for them.



Ubuntu Forums Hits 1 Million

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| Thatâs right, we have 1,000,000 members on
| Ubuntu Forums now, and Iâm glad I could be a
| part of that awesome community :)
| A snippet of the screen:
| UF's Member 1,000,000


The State of Fedora: We're Not Just for Fanboys

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| With over 20 million installations, Fedora is
| among the most world's popular Linux
| distributions. While that kind of success has
| been due to a rapid base of supporters, the
| distro originally launched by Red Hat as a
| community Linux project is having to bridge the
| divide between targeting a mass audience and
| keeping hardcore enthusiasts in the fold.

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