Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
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Mark Shuttleworth is polishing his image: Reuter's has a story which says «Millionaire cosmonaut takes on Microsoft», and Mark's own blog addresses the Debian/Ubuntu conflictual relationship: «Conflicting goals create tension in communities».
I couldn't possibly trust these sayings.
Ubuntu is not a "scope-narrowed Debian". It is something Mark Shuttleworth wants to make money from. He has made big money once, he will make some more again—this time from Linux. Glory—checked. Money—any time soon.
It is not a crime to make money! But it would be a crime if Debian will be in danger because of that...