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Ubuntu Envy

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Ubuntu is making some people antsy. Recall that this distro is a clever repackaging of Debian designed to make Linux simpler for the average person to use while still remaining free and fully open source (unlike some other Debian-based consumer distributions such as Linspire or Xandros). What's wrong with that, you say?

Well, the problem is that Ubuntu is getting to be a little bit too successful, so successful in fact (it's consistently number one on DistroWatch) that it's beginning to cast a shadow on the rest of planet Debian.

The cutesy cleverness of Ubuntu's marketing makes some people sniff that it's all just a trick. For example, blogger Tech Anchor writes:

"Stop and think. If someone's using a fancy African name that means community and their website has people holding hands, is building a good product their first goal? Probably not. Is eventually finding a way to profit off of it their first goal? Sure thing." [Hat tip: Ravi]

Marketing? Profits? Ewww... [holds nose].

Joking aside, the claim that Ubuntu is just an evil money-making machine is a little premature.

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