Nonsense. Check your facts about 2013:Fragezeichen wrote:Their revenue in 2013 was US$65.7 million. Everyone can look that up on Wikipedia. So they are indeed a fairly large company.
On top of that, Mark Shuttleworth's net worth is more than $500 million. That's also a "provable fact" everyone can look up.
From that information you can conclude that they could give back much more to Linux and Free Software than they are doing right now.
http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Bl ... -statement
"All told, during the 2013 financial year, these revenue streams gave the Canonical Group a gross profit of of $60.6 million and a net loss of $21.3 million."
"Canonical would require in the neighborhood of $180 million in a single year to become profitable -- nearly three times its gross income for 2013."
"While Canonical's gross profits were up 11% from 2012's total of $54.5 million, in 2013, the total loss nearly doubled from 2013's $10.2 million. In fact, almost every figure for 2013 is worse than in 2012."
And if I focus on *desktop* Ubuntu, that's the biggest loss there is:
"in August 2013, Shuttleworth stated that Canonical could be profitable if it focused only on servers or cloud services."
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... e-company/
I repeat: the Mint project leans heavily on desktop Ubuntu, which is a big loss for Canonical. Therefore it does *not* help, when people on the Mint forum are bashing desktop Ubuntu.