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Canonical’s Red Headed Stepchildren

In addition to Ubuntu, Canonical also produces or recognizes a number of Ubuntu derivatives such Kubuntu and Edubuntu. These derivatives offer different desktop environments or a more focused selection of software, geared toward a particular purpose.

But Canonical has a big problem with these derivatives. Ever hear the phrase “red headed stepchild?” The Urban Dictionary defines it in the following ways:

“A person or group treated without the favor of birthright.”

“A child who is obviously not your own, a child who is treated worse than other children in the family”

“With red hair being rare, a child born to non red headed parents was often assumed to be the child of an affair. Thus was treated badly, usually in the form of beatings.”

That pretty much describes the sad state of some of Ubuntu’s derivatives.

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