Canonical and Debian - friend or foe?

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Pointed at the issues by Josselin Mouette’s post, I got aware of a list of issues posted by JP Rosevear, which is a reply to Mark Shuttleworths post to the opensuse mailinglist. Note especially point 2, which is: “Preventing the Debian GNOME maintainer from updating GNOME packages until after Ubuntu LSO had shipped because you had hired him.”

If this issue is true, it’s the worst thing I ever heard of regarding Canonical.

It’s bad enough that Canonical hired the most active Debian Developers, depriving Debian of much of their time, while not really supporting Debian (i.e. while not actively submitting patches to Debian).

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Aspirin Against The Ubuntu Fever

I have never used Ubuntu, but everybody says they're delighted with it.

Legally. I am happy for them.

I've met with a gal recently, a famous one in the Linux community, who has a very mature view of the things and good knowledge of the history of Debian and Ubuntu.

This raised an enormous question mark about the strategy of Ubuntu. Folks, how can they send free CDs to everyone in the world?

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You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

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