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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Look for example at the fact that Ubuntu has usually better hardware support, if we all were on the same kernel the others could take the drivers we put in there and have hardware support that is just as good as Ubuntu.

As for the second, yes it is my cynical reading of the proposal from (specifically the reply to the first comment.) and other blogs on planet gnome where developers were asking for the code.

To the cynic in me, even the talk of synchronisation talked of flailing - Ubuntu suddenly was using a kernel not being used by another distro, an xserver with the same issue and a couple of other important bits too. (since that time, Debian 5 and OpenSuse 11 have also made the same choices, so Ubuntu is no longer alone).

And for Ubuntu 8.10, there is the "late" switch to kernel 2.6.27 - something Fedora had already been planning to go with. TO me this smacked of synchronisation to cut the workload. Not a bad thing in itself, but how large is the iceberg?

I have also noticed that in some places, there is massive resistance to change in Ubuntu, as was seen in the discussion over whether to go with Empathy by default over pidgin for Ubuntu 8.10. This caution is good in some places, but bad in others. Me personally, I like a little bit of Chaos.

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