24 Nov 2006 Burgundavia   » (Journeyer)

I am sorry OpenSUSE, we don't all think like that here

Ouch. Seems our SABDFL posted an ill-advised post to the opensuse-project mailing list, asking them to join the Ubuntu community. While I completely disagree with Novell's decision and I think it will hurt both them and the wider community, I feel that Mark's mail (and subsequent blog post) were not called for. Stuff like what Mark did is simply not done. I believe Ubuntu to be the technically better distribution but I absolutely respect the OpenSUSE people and the awesome work that they are doing. There is no need to poach developers and users from each other, especially in this manner.

JPR's critique of Canonical is right in at least point 1 and 3, partially correct in 4 (Canonical is a bit bigger than that, although the distro team remains small) and 5 is contentious.

And of course, we have a brilliant satirical reply on ubuntu-devel.

UPDATE: Andreas has a great blog post about rocking together to fix Bug #1 (which says nothing about OpenSUSE, Debian, or any other distribution)

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