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An apology is owed

It has been brought to my attention that I have been somewhat hard on a particular Linux distro and its esteemed project leader. I am told that I have said some mean and unfair things about this distro and its leader, and that I should take some time to rethink my position on said distro and the person in charge.

I have called this person some nasty names, mostly in private but sometimes in public. I have called him out in on these pixelized pages of Larry the Free Software Guy for what I think — or at least now I realize, I mistakenly thought — were ridiculous moves and questionable motives in making his Linux distribution.

It was arrogant, mean and stupid of me to be so unwaveringly rigid on my criticism over all this time, and I realize now that an apology is owed.

So please accept my heartfelt and sincere apology Andrew Wyatt, lead developer and project leader for Fuduntu, for all the things I’ve written and said about you and your project. Anyone who takes the time to create a Linux distro to push forward the wider FOSS paradigm — in the spirit of community and not with a me-first agenda — deserves much better than the shallow criticism I’ve heaped on you and Fuduntu in the past.

I’m very sorry.

Allow me to make it up to you by giving the latest version of Fuduntu a test drive for a review on this blog in the next few days.

Also, Andrew, I hope we can work together going forward for the betterment of the FOSS paradigm.

[You didn't really think I was going to apologize to The Mark and the Ubuntu Apocalypse, did you?]

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. colonelpanik
    May 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You were also wrong about that $10 you said you paid back to me but didn’t.

    The corporate OS’s don’t get a pass on anything! Ever! Some dude down in
    his basement, working for the love of it, should just get applause and a helping
    hand.

    Larry, send that $10 to Andrew Wyatt, eh?

  2. May 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks Larry. I appreciate it and of course I accept. I can sometimes be less than kind myself, and return the apology for being critical towards you in the past. I look forward to reading your review, if you find any problems feel free to let us know – we’ll try to help get them fixed.

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Yep, we could both stand to be a bit more civil going forward to everyone. Deal?

      • Ryan
        July 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Now apologise to Richard Stallman, jerk!

      • July 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Not likely. I think Richard Stallman owes more apologies than I do — he certainly owes the entire FOSS paradigm a huge apology for hamstringing progress. So no apology from me is forthcoming.

        Incidentally, Ryan — if that is your real name — if you want to call me a jerk, that’s fine. Personally, I don’t care. You don’t know me and it just shows how ignorant you are. However, I deleted other comments you made calling others names because that doesn’t fly here.

        Don’t like it? Don’t post here. It’s that simple.

  3. May 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    LMAO!

  4. May 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    ….I thought sure “The Mark” was about to get an apology and I read voraciously to see why……nice way to lead a person on.

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Al :-)

  5. May 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Larry :
    Yep, we could both stand to be a bit more civil going forward to everyone. Deal?

    I always try to be civil to people who are civil to me. I can’t promise to be nice to people that aren’t though, that would go against my nature and be a promise I may not be able to keep. :)

  6. Don Brown
    May 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Well done. Step 10 in AA is: Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

    It takes a big person to be able to do that, alcoholic or not…

    • May 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Haven’t had a drink since ’84, Don. But thanks.

      • Don Brown
        May 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Feb 9th 2013 will be 20 years for me. I just realized that the other day – for me that was HUGE. The Good Lord removed the desire, but I still have to do the legwork. Take Care and God Bless!

      • May 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Nice job. Congratulations!

  7. May 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I enjoyed the last phrase… in small print! ;)

  8. velofille
    May 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Now this is how you apologise! everyone says things they regret later on, or gets it wrong, but this really sets the standard for awesome apologies. Good on you!

  9. May 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    You had me there, Larry. Hilarious!

  10. Ron Preston
    May 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Congrats to both of you! RonP

  11. 2euro
    May 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    so where’s the offending posts? i’m sure they make for a better read than this.
    even though i don’t know who the victim is, violence is always interesting :D

    • May 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Google is your friend: Look up my name and Fuduntu.

  12. oddeofun
    May 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Neato. I haven’t heard of Fuduntu until now. I’ll try it out on a virtual machine. It looks like it is using the whole dock idea… something I’m still not crazy about. If the battery usage improvement is that spiffy I’ll try it on my lappy. Thanks Larry & Andrew for bringing it to my attention.

  13. Ildefonso Giron
    May 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

    “Now this is how you apologise! everyone says things they regret later on, or gets it wrong, but this really sets the standard for awesome apologies”

    Yes you sometimes say things in a second which you’ll regret for a lifetime. Just like me.

    Sorry Horte. I’m very sorry, though it’s too late.

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