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No, it’s not you, Ian

July 27, 2013

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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  1. joncr
    July 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Ubuntu appears to be trying to make a Linux that mainstream people will adopt without first suffering through a conversion experience via a FOSS/RMS mind meld. Debian and other ideologically motivated distributions aren’t even trying to make something for all those people who aren’t willing to be inconvenienced by pseudo-religious claptrap that means nothing to them.

    I’ve used Linux pretty much daily on my desktop since 1995. I’m happy for people who want to use something that adheres to the ideological notions they think are important. I’d be happier if they wouldn’t go out of their way to attack other Linux efforts that actually want to deliver a product that’s popular because people like it, not because it’s wearing a horsehair shirt.

    • July 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Let me go out on a limb and assume that you’re not as stupid as to really believe that people require some sort of religious conversion to use Linux. If you’re are that stupid, then I can’t really help you.

      That said, people use Linux for a variety of reasons, some even for “ideological reasons,” whatever that means. So what? I’d say most people use it because it works and now many distros are as easy to use as Windows.

      I’d be happier if large companies didn’t take advantage of the wider FOSS community in general, and Indiegogo in particular, to fund a project that only profits the corporation and not the wider community.

  2. ~xtian
    July 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Typing Loud And Knowing Nothing. and commented:
    Preaching to the choir here…

  3. Paul Sams
    July 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I would belive Reglue has accomplished far more in improving lives than Ubuntu and Company.

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