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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Who's Counting?
by phanboy_iv on Sun 21st Sep 2008 14:27 UTC
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While KH's talk may not have been the most positive thing, Canonical's kinda blown the response. Crying loudly that "Novell put him up to it, they're jealous, it's a corporate attack!" is just as bad, and no less idiotic. The second rebuttal lists some numbers, but no sources for those, I'd like to see them. KH's data may be off, but I seriously doubt it's a malicious attack by Novell, like Canonical wants to frame it.

Ubuntu is more of a "glue-and-marketing" distro than a "tools" distro, so they probably don't have as many contributions to the toolchain as others. Big deal. Not fixing something because you don't need to isn't a bad thing. What IS bad is creating patches that nobody tries to send upstream. As long as Ubuntu isn't doing that, I say, "who's counting?" And I use Gentoo, so I'm not biased in either party's favor.

Edited 2008-09-21 14:33 UTC

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