Fucking shock horror they want to be profitable, while releasing quality open source software.
Big Fucking Deal. Microsoft? Apple? Anyone?
A profitable open source Linux OS vendor is a real benefit to open source software. It can provide much needed investment in open technologies and drive hardware and software vendors to releasing linux friendly products.
I truly don't understand all the ubuntu hate I keep seeing lately...
We're not going to bring many people to OSS if we make it as expensive as the system they're locked in. One more obstacle.
But isn't that exactly what they are doing? Ubuntu has been around for 8 years now, would many startups last for 8 years without being profitable? And when should they start deploying their business model? When we are happy with it?
I think that many of us are being two-faced about Ubuntu. We want Linux to succeed, but not Ubuntu. We want to prove that you can make money from open source projects, but object to Ubuntu doing so.