I have seen this as well. It's not uncommon for someone coming from Windows to ask "What is a good Linux distro to learn on?". Some knucklehead will pipe up with Gentoo, LFS, or Slackware so that they "learn" linux.
Most new users have embraced Linux by starting with Ubuntu rather than getting frustrated and giving up like in the "good ol' days".
In other words, Mr Shuttleworth, so long and thanks for all the fish.
Actually, I would say thanks for spending a lot of money to create and promote a Linux distribution that even non-linux geeks have heard about. He has done more to increase exposure of Linux than most anyone. It's unfortunate that Canonical isn't doing well since I think most people would say that building a sustainable model to keep Linux in the spotlight is a good thing for the community as a whole. Guess what?... servers and bandwidth cost money. Advertising and putting on events cost money. When was the last time you contributed to your local LUG to keep it afloat?
Good luck with the show Ilan!
Being from SoCal, it's great to have a replacement for the now defunct LinuxWorld. In fact, it is a bit more like a giant
Now if we can just get LugRadio to come back...
I was very excited when I first heard the phrase "Freedom Toaster"
You mean there is already a French Toaster?
slowly getting their reputation as a credible browser vendor back
When was it ever credible?
It was most popular due to a lack of choices. Now that there are choices, I don't see many giving Microsoft a "second chance" - especially Web developers who have been burned for years by IE incompatibility with standards.
You are right about this one. I recently listened to a podcast with Kevin Smith interviewing Mark Hamill and the Star Wars franchise is more of a blip in his career path.
He has a lot more going for him than just being typecast as Luke. He was doing voiceover before Star Wars as well as after. And he's really good. Listen to the podcast for proof.