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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I just worry
by deathshadow on Sun 21st Sep 2008 21:43 UTC
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... when people start using words like 'ecosystem' about a technological product. Next thing you know we'll see words like proletariat.

But of course Ubuntu's popularity is what makes it so unpopular with the die-hard counter-culture free as in freedom zealots who need to 'rage against the machine'.

After all, that's what counter-culture is. Accessability to the masses and popularity is the last thing they want.

See the overemphasis on X and the Kernel, when frankly X on it's own without a decent library to turn it's vague calls into something useful (which is why we have several dozen libraries like QT, GTK, etc) or a decent WM (Gnome, KDE, XFCE, FluxBox, etc) is a JOKE, and most of what makes 'GNU Linux' actually useful isn't linux itself. (The GNU folks want to make a stink about making the distinction, fine, let's call it as it is)

Edited 2008-09-21 21:47 UTC

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