Linux for the Participation Age

At the UK Linux and Open Source Awards this week (where I was able to wear my new wooden bow tie for the first time), Mark Shuttleworth was there and accepted the Best Linux Distribution award on behalf of Ubuntu. He very graciously called the Debian representative up to the stage and handed the award over to Debian, on the grounds that Ubuntu would be nothing without them. His action contrasted greatly with some of the other award winners, whose unashamed parasitism on the Linux communities was made all the more obvious (to me at least).

I'm just downloading Ubuntu now, using BitTorrent so I can share my download with others - Ubuntu makes you want to participate like that. My plan is to finally ditch my crusty old Red Hat installation on the gateway server at home and maybe give Asterisk a try as well. I find the whole Ubuntu pragmatic-but-participative attitude very satisfying - I just hope the distro is as inspiring!

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