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No, it’s not you, Ian

July 27, 2013 5 comments

Ian Murdock, the father of Debian (and the “ian” in the name Debian), posted this tweet a couple of days ago:

“Is it me, or does it seem like Ubuntu is increasingly a solution in search of a problem?”

The tweet ends with a link to the Steven Vaughan-Nichols article on Ubuntu Unity on ZDNet.

Just sayin’, Ian: No, it’s not you, and you nailed it right on the proverbial head.

See you all tomorrow on Blog Sunday.

One more thing: Every time I blog about Ubuntu Unity, I am going to mention this. I still strongly advocate for folks to donate to the following groups instead of giving millions to a company like Canonical which doesn’t care much about anything other than itself. Give instead to:

Reglue (especially Reglue, which is creating a new generation of FOSS users as you read this sentence)

Partimus (bringing Linux boxes to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, or any other project like it)

CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)

Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)

Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang 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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