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The Ubuntu GNU/Linux project is not a charity. Rather, founder Mark Shuttleworth says his aim is to build a distribution "which is freely available, showcases the best of free software and is sustainable in its own right."
The owner of Canonical, the parent firm of Ubuntu, offered to answer any questions I had about the project following the publication of an article about Ubuntu a couple of weeks ago. While he had no problem with most of that article, "on acouple of them (points which I made) you seemed to speculate and infer intentions on my behalf that I would be happy to answer for the record."
While Shuttleworth will keep funding Ubuntu until it reaches sustainability, he wants the project to reach a point where it does not depend on either him or any other person to pour in money. "Currently revenues that help underwrite Ubuntu come from support and professional services," he says.
Asked whether he agreed that Ubuntu had been marketed well, he gave a simple "Yes, indeed" in reply.
In my opinion, Ubuntu has filled a long-felt niche.