The Machiavelli quote is right on...I'd add a little Shakespeare: When Brutus breates Cassius for cutting shady deals to get the army paid, the latter replies, in so many words, that he doesn't have time to be 'pure,' as he has a job to do.
I started fooling around w/Linux in 1998 and Ubuntu was the first distro that worked well enough for me, as a semi-geek (at best) to use daily. Yellow Dog, Fedora, et al al, all failed to deliver what Ubuntu does. (Honorable mention: Knoppix off live CD.) Moving beyond the linux community means sacrificing some purity, but as long as it does not engender becoming like 'them,' it is what success in the larger world requires. That I could buy a new Dell with Ubuntu installed instead of Windows is testament to their success in doing so. Thanks to them and their predecessors in Debian, etc., for the benefits that i and others now enjoy.
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