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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Rant disguised as keynote
by kragil on Sun 21st Sep 2008 09:56 UTC
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Just a few notes:

- Novell employees are eager to start open source bar fights ( Meeks, de Icaza come to mind )
- Novell has a lot of problems with "open source morality" of their own (I won't point fingers ;)
- GregKHs view of the "ecosystem" is twisted. "Plumbing" would be the right word
- Negativity helps no one
- Canonical is tiny, if you took relative numbers you could say the same for Google or Xandros, Archos .. the list goes on for ages. They just don't scare Novell.
- Ubuntus strength is not their kernel work
- Being at the whim of others might not be such a bad thing after all and might have worked for Canonical

And finally it is no wonder that a company like Novell has a attitude like "don't take our code and don't contribute" .. they just don't understand open source.
Red hat is on a very different level in that regard.

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