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 bobbo on Sun 21st Sep 2008 14:54 UTC
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Imagine this: Every single Linux oriented company just spent all their time and money hacking the kernel. Yes the kernel may be a lot more awesome than it is now, but hardly anyone would be able to use it, because installing it would be more complex than a Gentoo Stage 1 install. That would suck.

It would also suck if all the companies just focussed on fronted/desktoppy stuff, because it might be easy to install, but none of your hardware would work.

We need companies like Canonical that focus on making an easy to use distribution, but we also need companies that sponsor kernel hackers so our webcams and printers work.

I havent listened to the talk or read any transcripts, but it seems to me like GregKH just went out to beat down on Canonical and not do anything particularly productive.

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