Freespire's Google ads: "What is Ubuntu Missing?"

Paul Sladen ubuntu at
Tue Oct 3 00:20:25 BST 2006

On Mon, 2 Oct 2006, Melissa Draper wrote:
> Joel Bryan Juliano wrote:
> > clearly what [they're] doing is calumny and defamation of character.
> The aim of advertising is usually to get people to notice the product.

"All publicity is good publicity"  ...and when you didn't orchestrate the
exposure, you get to hold the moral high-ground aswell!  :)

> Canonical is, no doubt, aware of this.

About six months ago, Novell begin one of their press-releases by stating
that Suse Desktop was better than Ubuntu.  When a mutual competitor starts
to regard a younger sibling as "competition in the same league" then that's
a sign of sincere flattery.

Perhaps Freespire are also paying a certain amount of deference---think of
mentioning Ubuntu as a "nod of a hat" in this direction.  Even better,
Freespire are the people paying for that advertising, the adverts haven't
cost the Ubuntu Foundation a single penny...

Whatever distribution or window-manager a machine is running, that's still
one more Free [GNU/Linux] desktop in the wild than there was before.  
People should be applauded for that.

High on a tall bridge, surrounded by noisy lorries.  London, GB

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