Canonical pulls the plug on Kubuntu

Leslie Anne Chatterton lahc2007 at
Wed Feb 8 03:26:22 UTC 2012


As I understand it Canonical makes nothing from any of their distros
directly. Their income stream comes from selling support, mainly to
corporate users, although anyone can buy a package. We are simply the alpha
(for the truly adventurous), beta (for the curious) and final release
testers. In return for the dedicated few filing bug reports the rest of us
get a good product at an unbeatable price. MS must be green with envy that
Canonical doesn't have to pay people to test their software!

For reasons not made public Mark S. et al believe that Ubuntu is the
platform most acceptable to the big market so it gets the lion's share of

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On Feb 7, 2012 7:31 PM, "Basil Chupin" <blchupin at> wrote:

> On 08/02/12 05:05, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
>> I am sorry to say that I can't help but see a very nasty move from
>>> Canonical here. The timing speaks for itself, after including Kubuntu as
>>> a full citizen with a LTS release, Canonical "pulls the plug" few weeks
>>> before it's actually out.
>> The subject line here is misleading, "pulls the plug" isn't entirely
>> right, it won't get the same resources but it can still continue with
>> the same resouces canonical gives to other community flavours.
>>  What happened for them to suddenly realize
>>> they couldn't afford to keep one developer on Kubuntu ?
>> It's rational business sense not to spend money on something that
>> isn't making money.
> Ah, and so all the other flavours ARE making money, especially Ubuntu with
> Unity? Give us a break :-) .....
> And sorry to see you lose your job :-( .
> BC
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