Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
First, it was the Debian people who were jealous of the success of Ubuntu. They, at least, had some reason to be annoyed. Now it appears there are others, from other distributions, who are envious too, and try to guise their envy under a veil of concern for GNU/Linux as a whole.
One could, of course, dismiss such sentiments as baloney, which is probably the right thing to do. But a cursory examination is needed, if only to highlight some of the peculiarities of the FOSS community.
The recent bout of envy comes from Adam Williamson, who is an employee of Mandriva, formerly Mandrake Linux. Williamson insists that his dislike of Canonical has nothing to do with his belonging to a rival distribution. It's purely personal, he says. Sure, the Republicans hate Democrats because they eat the wrong sort of grits for breakfast.
The reasons Williamson cites for this dislike are, to put it mildly, juvenile and silly. I am not a great fan of Canonical and Ubuntu does receive a fair share of criticism at my hands. But Williamson seems to be residing on some other planet.
A bit of history about Mandriva -