Philosophy and economics of Ubuntu

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at
Mon Sep 20 13:36:06 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 15:30 +0200, Rudi von Staden wrote:
> I'm busy downloading Ubuntu and am really impressed with what I'm
> hearing so far. Being South African, I'm also glad that Mark
> Shuttleworth is backing it! I've been trying to convince several of my
> economically oriented friends that this is a significant step towards
> Linux becoming a viable option in the desktop market, especially
> within the private sector. Their response is that Open Source will
> never succeed in the long term because there is no financial incentive
> for the developers/investors. I don't want to clog the list with
> philosophical debates on Open Source, but I am curious about why Mark
> Shuttleworth would invest in Ubuntu - is it purely benevolent or is it
> intended to return a profit in the future?

Hi Rudi,

This might be more appropriate on our community chit-chat list,

Thanks, glad you like Ubuntu! :-)

- Jeff

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