jacky, not sure that’s the theory part of your conspiracy?
Are you saying that the “experts” are getting paid to do PR for Ubuntu and Ubuntu-derived distros?
I think it’s three reasons:
- Laziness: why try something that might not work?
Just rehash the same old stuff. This is the social media/CNN mentality in the US. Very unfortunate.
- Ignorance and not willing to try new things
I get a lot of junior software developer interviewees that comes in with UNIX® and Linux on their resume/CVs but the interviewee knows nothing about terminals or shells. Some lot of them don’t even know what distro they are using. And quite a bit of them don’t even know that GNU/Linux is not UNIX®. And this is just interviewing for junior software developer positions.
I’d imagine the tech writing world that’s also similar. A lot of talk about Linux but not enough people diving in and see’s what makes Linux. How it’s put together and what makes a distro different from another.
This results in everybody using Ubuntu.
But yeah, there might be some laziness in the development where people just keep forking Ubuntu and Ubuntu’s forks.
- Fear of liability
I can also see a lot of re-hash of Ubuntu and Ubuntu-derivatives because they probably are afraid to:
- Brick their machine
- Brick their reader’s machine
We do live in a different age where people wants to sue Ubuntu for bricking their BIOS because Ubuntu shipped intel-spi drivers. Can you imagine digital media/website prints getting threatened because their readers bricked their machine and want to know how to restore it?
Coupled with #2, this could mean they don’t know how to help their readers get back to working points.
My thoughts: conspiracy … maybe, or just lazy, coupled with ignorance, and fear probably helps the Ubuntu and Mint take the top.
Sorry for the long-winding reply.