The founder of Canonical
, Mark Shuttleworth, called out users of Linux that believe that using the operating system is "supposed to be hard." A blog post
by Shuttleworth responding to recent changes and rolling releases in the Ubuntu Linux distribution complained about aspects of the community that seemingly want Linux to be an insular, introverted and exclusive operating system.
While commenting on the community itself, Shuttleworth noted the "politics, spite, frustration, venality and disappointment," putting it down to the difficulties people face when collaborating, and asked contributors to avoid such talk. "If you've done what you want for Ubuntu, then move on. That's normal - there's no need to poison the well behind you just because you want to try something else."
Later in the post, he claimed to have "zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say," suggesting that it is a "one-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for contributors to create a leading consumer and enterprise computing platform. "Just roll your eyeballs at the 1337 crowd, roll up your sleeves, find something interesting to improve, and join in."
Since the start of 2013, Canonical has released Ubuntu for Tablets
as well as Ubuntu Phone
, and also became the first host of Valve Software's Steam client