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Ground Control to Major Mark

The morning started innocently enough. With coffee in hand and a muffin heating in the toaster, I popped on the Linux news sites to see what was brewing along with the upcoming second cup of joe.

Click. Read. Laugh aloud to wake up the rest of the family before the chainsaw-wielding folks started at 8 sharp to clear trees on the property behind ours.

I’ll let Sean Michael Kerner drive here, because his item here on InternetNews.com nails it.

What’s enormously funny about this is not so much that Mark Shuttleworth has completely removed himself from any remote semblance of — let alone removing any grip on — reality (more on this later). The most humorous aspect here is that the video capture identifies him as the founder of “Ubuntu Linux,” which flies in the face of Ubuntu/Canonical trying their hardest to remove the word “Linux” from anywhere near their distro. Perhaps that was, and is, Bug #0, but that’s for others to debate.

Mark, listen: The “reality distortion field” thing? That may have worked for Steve Jobs (and a good argument could be made that it didn’t even work for him), but seriously, that lightning can only strike once, if at all. For the sake of argument, let’s say Steve made the “reality distortion field” quirky and charming, anyone who emulates that now is, at best, a copycat; at worst . . . well, let’s just not go there. So while you might think that you’re doing FOSS a favor by unilaterally proclaiming the bug fixed, that’s not what my radar is showing. I’d be willing to bet, too, that it’s not showing that way for others as well.

But never mind all that, Mark. Thanks for the laugh.

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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  1. May 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm | #1

    Shuttleworth’s shenanigans aside, I really would like to see Linux get over the anti-Microsoft crusade thing and just concentrate on creating really good software. The evangelical bit gets tiresome.

    I’ve been using Linux since the mid-’90′s, and it hasn’t been because it is Not-Microsoft.

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