Simon Phipps

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I remain amazed how being non-negative about Canonical attracts such hostility.

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First of all, thanks a lot for your in-depth answer to my previous comment (which I've noticed only now due to some lingering weirdness in notifications ;-)). I wonder, did you get specific negative / anti-canonical feedbacks to your video interview with Mark this time? Yes, I'm very well aware of vitriolic anti-canonical feedback in other occasion, but this time, at least the discussion here on seems decent enough. It's "just" people with different limit-of-compromise, as you put it, but they all seem quite supportive of the attempt of having a "more" free smartphone on the market, don't you think? Just checking if our respective perceptions are completely skewed, and in different directions, or if you were referring to past episodes :-)

Stefano Zacchiroli at 2013-08-04T21:15:23Z

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I have had one or two push-backs elsewhere (hence the comment), but nothing here on the Pump pipes - my comments in the InfoWorld article were more a reflection of Mark's comments in the pre-interview discussion. I've not seen much comment at all here.

Simon Phipps at 2013-08-04T21:44:24Z

Simon, I have no interest in giving you a hard time about doing an interview with Shuttleworth, but Shuttleworth has been quite aggressive in his opposition of folks who do my type of work. He's called me a McCarthyist and "insecure in my beliefs" because I uphold copyleft, and he's said that Canonical's business plan is to violate the GPL on Linux. At OSCON, when I told him as smalltalk I'm working hard on non-profits, Shuttleworth told me that non-profit executives were overpaid and not held accountable enough like for-profit executives. The guy treats people who fight for software freedom with contempt. He can do what he wants, and I'm not condemning you for interviewing someone rich and famous, but he's not really focused on working for software freedom. Software freedom is a means to a different end for him. is my full post about Shuttleworth's comments on Linux GPL enforcement.

Bradley M. Kuhn at 2013-08-06T23:52:57Z

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