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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They are distributors
by Dr-ROX on Sun 21st Sep 2008 22:45 UTC
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I still don't get, why Canonical gets blamed for not contributing to Linux. They are distributors - not so big company that glues different pieces of software to their Ubuntu distro. When something does not fit or work the way they want, they fix it. So the software they are putting into Ubuntu works without major fixing. Kernel, gcc, xorg devs makes the stuff, that Canonical thinks is good to distribute. IMHO even if some software has major hole to be fixed, Canonical will better wait while original authors and developers do that.

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