So… I don’t really want to sugar coat this, because I feel it’s important and I think there’s a difference between “being negative” and simply being honest.
Shuttleworth, you disgust me.
How dare you stand on the backs of the hundreds of thousands of GNU/Linux contributors and supporters, without whom your precious “Ubuntu” would not even exist, and wave an angry face at those who would use your GNU/Linux distribution, yet choose not to make a donation to support it. Who the hell do you think you are?
That’s right folks, this is the image people are shown when they click the link to download Ubuntu without making a donation. Shameful, isn’t it?
I’ve been using GNU software and the Linux kernel since 1998 and it’s immensely enriched my life in a lot of ways. I am absolutely thankful for all of the time and effort people have put into creating the feature rich environment that is GNU/Linux. It’s awesome.
That’s why, after months of privately stewing on this issue, I had to speak my mind.
It is wrong to express negativity toward an end user for choosing not to financially support your open source project. It’s wrong. Period.
SIGHUP Canonical. We’re done.
Author’s note: I noticed this issue in April 2013, but I decided to take a while and consider how much it mattered before posting about it. Turns out that it still makes me angry five months later, so here’s my commentary.