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Thread: Does ubuntu(Cannonical) hates GNU philosophy?

  1. #1
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    Exclamation Does ubuntu(Cannonical) hates GNU philosophy?

    I am bit worried if ubuntu started to join amazon, google and would behave like them.

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    The Left Coast of the USA

    Re: Does ubuntu(Cannonical) hates GNU philosophy?

    They aren't "joining" either.

    The answer to your title is "No."


    The philosophy of the GNU Project says that everyone shall have the granted right to use a program, to copy it, and to change it to make it fit his or her needs. The only restriction the GNU General Public License makes, is that NO ONE has the right to take away this freedom from anyone else.
    What about that do you think Canonical hates?
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    London, England
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    Re: Does ubuntu(Cannonical) hates GNU philosophy?

    Please read this announcement about the creation of the Ubuntu Foundation that is responsible for developing and distributing Ubuntu.

    “It's important for us to distinguish the philanthropic and non-commercial work that is at the heart of the Ubuntu project, from the commercial support and certification programs that are the focus of Canonical Ltd.” said Mark Shuttleworth, who is founder of the project and is making the initial $10m commitment to the Foundation.
    “The core team members employed by the Ubuntu Foundation will ensure that we can meet public commitments to keep Ubuntu entirely free of charge, as well as meeting commitments of support for extended periods.
    Now compare that with this quote from

    Many people believe that the spirit of the GNU Project is that you should not charge money for distributing copies of software, or that you should charge as little as possible—just enough to cover the cost. This is a misunderstanding.

    Actually, we encourage people who redistribute free software to charge as much as they wish or can. If a license does not permit users to make copies and sell them, it is a nonfree license. If this seems surprising to you, please read on.

    Whether it is an individual user such as myself or a commercial enterprise Ubuntu is free of charge to download, install, use and distribute. This is going beyond the philosophy of the Gnu project.

    I cannot see any basis for your concerns about those who develop and distribute Ubuntu or Canonical in its commercial enterprise.

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