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[3]: Rebuttals
by Morty on Sun 21st Sep 2008 18:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Rebuttals"
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"I don't know how many KDE developers are employed by Mandriva."

For the record, I believe it's three. But then we have a far smaller budget than Canonical.

Small or not, I'd say it's extremely well used. With one of those developers being Laurent Montel. There are not many weeks the last two or three years he is not among the top five developers on the KDE commit statistics.

Not that one can expect that most are able to contribute to upstream like that, but it clearly show that budget size are not all that important when it comes to working with the comunity.

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