/dev/urandom wrote:Ubuntu is popular because PC magazines for beginners say it's the best thing since sliced bread.
And for beginners, it *is* the best thing since sliced bread. Imagine buying your parents a laptop with pure Debian. Thanks to Ubuntu, a popular Linux laptop might be a near future.
Linux world desperately needed someone who there for the money, who''ll target the mass market, who'll actually put Linux on the map for an average user. They've played dirty, but we've all profited in a way, because when they get into the market, everyone will. Now they're trying to play dirty again and, as I explained above, we'll profit again either way. Ubuntu is not here to do what everyone else is doing, they are *not* yet another distro. They're here to succeed commercially by doing all the moves others won't do. And while I might not like Ubuntu anywhere near my computer, I sure love the fact it exists. So again, let them do this. It can only be good for us, the end users, however it turns out. If ads and crap are not your cup of tea, skip Ubuntu, you have so many other options. But let them do their thing, they're good at it.