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 moleskine on Sun 21st Sep 2008 09:10 UTC
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It's pretty tough giving tens of millions to a Linux project and raising the platform's public profile dramatcally, only to be told that you are some kind of freeloader. What does Shuttleworth have to do next, offer a pint of his own blood every time he writes a cheque? FWIW, Debian isn't on that list either. People contribute what they can and in most cases that means contributing what they are best at, which isn't necessarily working on the kernel.

I sometimes wish Linux folks generally would show a little more gratitude. An instructive graph not in this article would show the number of Linux users compared to the number of Linux contributors. I suspect that the number of Linux users who get an amazing operating system completely for free would be in the overwhelming majority.

Edited 2008-09-21 09:20 UTC

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