Ubuntu has received a lot of
flack from the community for some of its commercial projects.
Placing Amazon ads in Unity's Dash is a classic example of a poorly
planned move that flies in the teeth of the community's ethos. A
community built on the concepts of freedom and software that
empowers the user (instead of some commercial concern) would never
take that well.
In the world of FOSS, a small change to a license can be a big
deal. For users of proprietary software, changes in the EULA are hardly
even registered. Those users click "Ok" and forget about it in the blink of
an eye. They have accepted that they are severely limited as far as
their rights to alter or redistribute the software is concerned.
On April 23, 2015, Ubuntu
version 15.04 (code-named Vivid Vervet) was released. This is
an important release, although superficially it looks much the same as the
The real difference is "under the skin", as Ubuntu switches from the
Upstart init system to systemd.
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