Shuttleworth Talks Tough: Does anyone care? June 18, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in Uncategorized.
Mark Shuttleworth leader of the Ubuntu project and a respected figure in the Linux community (Im going to leave out First South African in Space because everyone says it so much) has stated on his blog that Canonical is not in talks with Microsoft similar to the Novell, Xandros, Linspire and LG deal. He cites “rumors on the internet”
First, I personally havent heard such rumors. Secondly, does anyone care. Thirdly, its Steven J Vaughn Nichols. Does anyone still take that zealot seriously anymore. Well, Mark Shuttleworth obviously does. The Linux community has pretty much shunned the rumors of patent infringement. While I believe ignoring the problem is the same as getting shot and ignoring the fact you have a piece of lead in your body and moving on with your life that doesnt mean its an option. The Linux community has taken that route and I hope it works out for them.
While I admire Shuttleworth for clearly stating where his allegiances lay and his position on Microsoft. Did he have to do it so dramatically and address it like its some major announcement? No, and I dont think it is a major deal. The Linux community wants to hide behind the GPLv3 shield and thats pretty clear. When the issue goes to court and it will, we will see if its a wise choice.