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What Mr. Shuttleworth is suggesting makes a lot of sense for all Linux users.
Red Hat's focus is not on the desktop, instead they choose to spend their time and energy on high-quality server support and development. Canonical, on the other hand, is a relatively small company, who have struck a chord with Ubuntu and have found themselves with a huge user-base including many new-to-Linux users who appreciate the great community forums and focus on Desktop ease-of-use.
While Red Hat's business model is very different from Canonical's, it behooves Linux communities to not act as a greater, united community. If we do, Red Hat will get more attention paid to their Desktop, and Ubuntu will get better server support. Linux will become less scattered, more coherent, and more supportable.
Perhaps you don't think that Canonical's small staff can or do add any real value to the Desktop Experience, but consider the massive number of users of Ubuntu. With such a huge base of _potential_ bug reporters, and at least a portion of those reporting, we end up with a rich harvest of bug information providing an avenue for superior hardware support, and software robustness. This supports Red Hat because it supports Open Source Software.
Keeping Linux users on the same page in terms of software release makes sense to me, because we all get the more-immediate benefit of everyone else's work, which is one of our biggest advantages.
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