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In defense of Ubuntu

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| Criticisms of the Ubuntu distribution and Canonical, its corporate sponsor,
| are not hard to come by. Depending on who is speaking, Ubuntu and Canonical
| are guilty of profiting from the free software community without giving back
| to it, forking important projects or distributions, legitimizing the use of
| binary-only system components, and more. Of all of these gripes, it is
| the "contributing to the community" complaint which is heard most. If one
| believes these complaints, Ubuntu is a parasitic operation which does not
| understand how the community works and which is harmful to the community as a
| whole.
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http://lwn.net/Articles/294542/


Recent:

Is Ubuntu Really the Most User Friendly Distribution?

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| For several years, Ubuntu has been synonymous with user-friendliness. A Web
| search quickly unearths dozens of articles that suggest that Ubuntu is the
| distribution you should give non-technical people to introduce them to
| GNU/Linux. It even won a "Most User-Friendly Linux Distribution" award, which
| you might think confirms its status.
|
| However, like all conventional wisdom, this association is worth exploring.
| For one thing, you have to wonder whether comparisons for user-friendliness
| have any relevance in free and open source software (FOSS). For another, what
| exactly are the characteristics of user-friendliness? Moreover, does
| stressing user-friendliness mean ignoring other values -- perhaps equally
| important ones?
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http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osr...tribution?.htm
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