Bradley Kuhn on switching back from Ubuntu to Debian

Martin Owens doctormo at
Thu Jan 28 00:11:10 GMT 2010

On Wed, 2010-01-27 at 23:11 +0200, Jani Monoses wrote:
> Another thing which may be hard to adapt to is that these changes are 
> directly related to Canonical's business decisions. This too is 
> perfectly normal industry practice, but for enthusiastic users who would 
> spread Ubuntu and say that it is 100% free with no commercial strings 
> attached unlike Xandros, Linspire or even the Pro Editions of other free 
> distros, it serves as a reality check and a disappointment.

Most of the really radical people have already moved over to gNewSense,
those seeking a more meritocratic community tend to go back to Debian.

I think the only thing left is notion that the Ubuntu community is
working for it's own self interests, with a symbioses to the Canonical
business. This isn't the case as far as identity (any more? ever?) as
the community doesn't have very much control in the definition of
Canonical, but Canonical has a great deal of control over the
community's identity. but that's what we've all come to know and love.

Maybe some people took Mark on his word without a hefty dose of cynicism
and are upset, wouldn't surprise me.


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