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[6]: Comment by Kroc
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 21st Sep 2008 23:29 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
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Suse and RedHat have the luxury of having rich parent companies that had infused them with cash.

Red Hat has a parent? Red Hat got successful on its own.
SuSE also was successful before that was bought by Novell.

They both sell their distro commercially while ubuntu has stuck to their guns that their distro would always be free.

Huh? Red Hat gives away Fedora, and Novell gives away openSUSE. Both Red Hat and SuSE were given away on magazine CDs since the 1990s.
Red Hat and Novell moth sell enterprise support contracts, but that's no different than Cannonical.

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