Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Sun 21st Sep 2008 06:46 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Linux Greg KH, Linux kernel developer delivered a keynote in the Linux plumbing conference about the health of the ecosystem. His message was essentially that distributions that don't contribute to the ecosystem have to rely on the whims of others which is unhealthy for them. Here is an introduction the development model and some interesting statistics about the Linux kernel code. Update by TH: Rebuttals are appearing all over the web, like this one by Canonical's Matt Zimmerman ("He's refuting a claim which has, quite simply, never been made. [...] When this sort of thing happens on mailing lists, it's called trolling."), or this one by another Canonical employee, Dustin Kirkland.
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by Kroc on Sun 21st Sep 2008 08:20 UTC
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All that tells me is to never use a piece of GPL'd code, otherwise I might get self-righteous people telling me what to do with the freedom I've been given.

Targetting Canonical with this blind zealotry is like cutting one's nose off to spite your face.

I've got retorts, I've got articles I can link to that debunks this whole talk - but I can't be bothered. It's like talking to a brick wall.

These people can go off, and keep chasing that kernel rainbow that's so important to them; that's their freedom. Their freedom. Not yours.

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