2c about the development of ubuntu

Stephan Hermann sh at sourcecode.de
Sun Jan 1 20:42:04 GMT 2006

Hi Udo,

On Sunday 01 January 2006 20:55, Udo 'Robos' Puetz wrote:
> On Sun, 01.01.06, Ben Collins <ben.collins at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Hello Ben and List.
> First of:
> a)the server part wasn't my main issue
> b) this is starting to go into philosopies -> flame
> c) you know waaaaay more so I should shut up
> [...]
> Like I said above, this server thing wasn't my main issue but it is part of
> it: keep the whole thing simple and focus your resources. In my opinion, if
> some company wants to run oracle (which costs loots and the support even
> more) on linux they can spare the little money for the super duper
> "certified" red hat enterprise  whereas your work, ben, with ubuntu, would
> be better spend with enhancing the linux "experience" for normal users. My
> opinion, mind you!

That is what Ubuntu is doing. >=20 Devs are spending their paid time to create 
a free, but for software and hardware vendors to be certified, distribution. 
This won't be happening with Debian, because there is no one who stands for 
the support, with Fedora, because RedHat wants to sell the enterprise thing, 
and as well OpenSuSE, because Novell/SuSE wants to sell their enterprise 

If Ben and Fabio and Colin and others are doing their job nicely, and when 
Mark, Claire and Malcom are doing their jobs correctly, and if the hardware 
and software vendors (and I speak here not only about server stuff) are 
willing to play with Canonical, then there is one distribution, which is free 
(means you can download it for free and use it without any further payment), 
which will be certified (for IBM DB2 it is already) and you or your company 
can think about paying for support e.g. for IBM DB2 or Oracle (if it would be 
certified). The same applies to the hardware side. 

Advantages? You have to pay only the support for the Software or Hardware, but 
not for the operating system. This is as well a good thing for Ubuntu, but 
even for Debian, because companies can install Ubuntu, and know that it has 
the basement of Debian.



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