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Now THIS is Canonical working to make a difference!

Posted September 11th, 2008. Filed under Geek Stuff

… not that they haven’t made a difference otherwise.  Canonical has done (IMHO) more than any other organization to push the Linux desktop into the mainstream through their sponsorship of the Ubuntu project.  This, though, goes beyond supporting the development of a single Linux distribution.  This is throwing serious support and energy behind development of the entire Linux desktop environment across ALL distributions.

We focus most of our effort on integration. Our competitors turn that into ‘Canonical doesn’t contribute’ but it’s more accurate to say we measure our contribution in the effectiveness with which we get the latest stable work of upstream, with security maintenance, to the widest possible audience for testing and love. To my mind, that’s a huge contribution,” he wrote. “Increasingly, though, Canonical is in a position to drive real change in the software that is part of Ubuntu. […] So we are also hiring a team who will work on X, OpenGL, Gtk, Qt, GNOME and KDE, with a view to doing some of the heavy lifting required to turn those desktop experience ideas into reality.”

Thats right!  X, OpenGL, Gtk, Qt, GNOME and KDE.  Major!  Go Mark Shuttleworth.  Go Canonical.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080911-canonical-to-fund-upstream-linux-usability-improvements.html

One Response so far

  1. Wow, that is really fantastic. I wonder when they’ll start developing.

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