Items tagged with: BDFL
I have been using #GNU and #Linux since at least tenyears, my very first distro was Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, I still remember the sound of the drums at my very first installation, it was amazing and it was when I fell in love with the #floss. I was even more amazed by Hardy Heron, simply perfect in every shape. I used to have a #Gnome, #Compiz and a wonderful desktop that looked like a paper comics, super cool and super exciting, fortunately ten years later I still continue to be excited for any improvements.
However, back to these days, I learned about the meaning of #BDFL, and my flirt with Ubuntu started to crumble, actually the idea of community with on top a dictator, even if benevolent, didn't sound very exiting for me, never. This is the reason why I left Ubuntu to jump in Debian.
Debian is a true community of volunteers, it is the backbone of everything is #deb based, without Debian we would not have Ubuntu, #Mint, #Elementary, etc... Even if today Ubuntu might be build totally in upstream with Snap it will never have the same manpower and talents that Debian has. In ten years the main investment of Canonical/Ubuntu has been in marketing and PR. While #RedHat invests a lot of resources in engineers stuff Ubuntu invests the majority of its effort in marketing, and it really works
In lesser than four years Ubuntu become the OS leader in the #web #sever #market, a place historically belonged to Debian:
Today Ubuntu is almost a leader in the Linux realm but is it really worth of this title?
Ubuntu stated to make a lot of improvements on itself however it reduces dramatically the amount of packages under its control and leaves the majority of them on the hands of the communities, that makes Ubuntu quite unsafe every time you grab a package outside the main repo.
I was saying Ubuntu patches and improves itself to be better than Debian, actually the latter is a collection of packages: it fixes bugs, it does the minimal and everything is almost 99% upstream. Because the premises Ubuntu must be better. Actually Ubuntu has a better installer however Debian support many more architectures, that means changing the installer to make it more friendly might be a worthless task if you are going to break something that actually works, Ubuntu has a better theme, Debian uses the one of free contributors it does not contract professionals. But is Ubuntu very much better than Debian? Is everything that Ubuntu does worthy?
If you are Debian user you do not need to read anything about it, but if you don't then apparently not!
A recent article by [b]Phoronix mainly, based on giga ethernet test, shows how Debian constantly performs better than Ubuntu (which usually ships always a newer kernel than Debian). Someone can argue that this test is not indicative because it is strictly related to the hardware in use but if you read regularly the phoronix's article **always[/b] Debian performs better than Ubuntu.
Hence if every tweaks of Ubuntu to be better than Debian is actually ineffective, I can deducted that everything is basically vaporware just a marketing trick.
Today Canonical makes a lot of money with Ubuntu, you are free to use Ubuntu but is not better than Debian, it is not lead by true community, it is sponsored by a BDFL with a clear scope since the beginning. He did a lot of mistakes (Ubuntu Phone, Unity, etc...) but eventually he got what he was looking for. But the days when Ubuntu meant I can not install Debian are finished long time ago, today Ubuntu surpassed Debian in every field but not for technical reasons.
I will never be tired to repeat it: support only true community distributions of volunteers!