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Actually, I came away confused, because he never stated "This is exactly what Ubuntu does, and here are my reasons for why it is okay."

I disagree with your point - in fact, I think you are wrong. But we can still have a civilized discussion. My reasoning is that when facts and disagreements are not clearly stated ("here are the facts; the other party came to conclusion X, but I come to conclusion Y for these reasons"), it's easy to get bogged down in points that are not central.

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