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news that Canonical would invest in Kubuntu put together quite a stir, although it was clear that the change would not involve any disaster for the continuity of the project , which is now simply a more than “family”, such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu.
As we said at the time, with Kubuntu not going to happen, is that the project is too big so that Canonical can harm simply by withdrawing financial support which he enjoyed, which , I must say, was not to write home about. In any case, Canonical has the right to reserve all their resources to Ubuntu, its true and only bet.
that Kubuntu was not the only developer who collected some of their money by working part-time in the distribution, but nothing came of Blue Systems to handle the situation, offering a financing did not materialize , at least with the public.
But just realize, and OMG! Ubuntu! a few hours ago published some interesting data that, as from May to Blue Systems will pay for two full-time developers to work on Kubuntu , one of which is supposed to be Jonathan Ridell, which remains the project leader (incidentally, also said that not what Canonical invested millions in Kubuntu …).
The first question before this issue is bleeding who are Blue Systems Your website does not give any data, unless sponsor more developments related KDE as:
Kubuntu (from now)
rekonq (KDE browser)
MenuEditor (QML port)
Muon Software Center (QML port)
who they are and where they get the money? Follow the trail to the company, so it seems from Germany, is difficult, and the only reliable clue is provided by the whois of the domain, which does not say much except that there is a company dedicated to software behind it: IT works unlimited GmBH.
Another curious fact is the record of the names of the websites of Blue Systems and Netrunner, KDE-based distribution business approach that coincide, at least that is attached to one end: are the same . Why a company spends money to fund three distributions KDE? It makes no sense … or maybe it does?
Other information in the article talking OMG! Ubuntu! is that of possible problems that may have Kubuntu with the name , because while the system is addressed to users, no more, no problem, but under the provisions of Canonical, can not be mounted a commercial product using that name, which is what they want to do with Kubuntu Blue Systems.
It is premature to advance anything, but Canonical a refusal to let Kubuntu use the name for commercial purposes may bring the project to change name , leaving him in a situation almost exactly that Linux Mint live: it is built based on Ubuntu, uses their own repositories and security updates, but until then (which is quite eye!).
And finally, a figment of staff: Kubuntu and Netrunner will join under a new name and create a distribution with all of the law, based on Ubuntu but with KDE importance deserves? Time will tell, that they say.
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