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Re: [News] Ubuntu Family Comes Under Some Fire for Proprietary Software Policy

____/ Homer on Thursday 28 Jan 2010 06:15 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> ____/ Homer on Wednesday 27 Jan 2010 22:22 : \____
>>> Shuttleworth recently expressed his admiration of Apple, and his
>>> desire for Ubuntu to be more like Mac OS X. Well it seems he
>>> succeeded on both counts. Ubuntu is infested with proprietary
>>> software, and Canonical are now the "Apple" of the Open SauceÂ
>>> movement. Congratulations.
>> In Ubuntu's defence (it's usually better to give benefit of the
>> doubt), they may adopt the Raymond way of thinking and hope that by
>> giving people what they impulsively want they'll lure in businesses
>> and then introduce to them freedom, like a Trojan horse. In reality
>> it rarely works. Some companies tried and failed and it sets the
>> expectations improperly.
>> Bruce Perens explains this brilliantly.
> I'm very much a fan of Perens, and there are certain aspects of Raymond
> that I also like, such as his exposure of Microsoft's infamous Halloween
> documents, but equally he has many less-than endearing qualities too.
> Raymond's very deliberate and public humiliation of the Fedora project
> was utterly juvenile and unwarranted, and backfired horribly when two
> aspects of his behaviour were subsequently exposed: His apparent
> ignorance of some fairly simple and obvious aspects of the way Linux
> works, and his true motives for storming out in such a frenzy of self
> -promoted publicity (appointment to the Linspire board).

Linspire is history and so is Turbolinux (since yesterday). Both sold
out to Microsoft and ESR had the guts to quietly ditch Linspire after
the deal.

He has an active blog now (after a long recess) and he's mostly OK.

		~~ Best of wishes

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