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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by rajj on Sun 21st Sep 2008 18:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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The only thing the GPL makes you do is make your code available; that's it. The only reason it seems more complicated than that is because people keep trying to skirt around it in various creative ways which leads to all the licensing lawyer crap, but that's true of all software licensing no matter what the terms are.

How does freedom imply immunity from criticism? You can do whatever you wish, but that doesn't mean that I or whomever else won't try to persuade --and persuade is the operative word here-- you to do something else.

It's all the more silly to claim that your freedom is being encroached upon when in regards to a written article that you choose to read. Unless you actually have people in your yard with pitch forks --which would be a form of intimidation not mere persuasion--, I'm hard pressed to see how your hand is being forced.

If one's definition of freedom includes being free of social pressure of any kind, society probably isn't the place for you.

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