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[7]: Comment by Kroc
by sbergman27 on Sun 21st Sep 2008 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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Mark Shuttleworth has a business plan. It may or may not be making money now, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he is expecting it to some day. He is not infusing money into the project as an act of charity, but as an investment.

So? He's investing in something he believes in. There are a lot of easier, faster, and less risk-prone ways to make a decent profit from one's capital. While I'm sure he'd like to see a return some day, if he were "in it for the money" he certainly wouldn't be heading up a Desktop Linux company.

As for the benefit of the Ubuntu marketing, if there was no Ubuntu, some other distro would take its place as a darling of friendliness.

It used to be Mandrake. But they developed a long-running reputation for poor quality, made some incredibly bad business decisions, went into the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and lost the throne while they tried to sort it all out internally. Ubuntu is doing a lot better on all fronts than any distro which has attempted to blaze this trail before. That generates a lot of jelousy among users of distros who wanted their distro to achieve the popularity that Ubuntu enjoys today.

See my previous thread on how people hate it when that happens, and how they react. It's all so very transparent and predictable.

Edited 2008-09-21 20:56 UTC

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