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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This is why I wont use Ubuntu
by robgarth on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 00:12 UTC
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Ubuntu get lots of credit for usability. But they are getting credit for the work of gnome hackers generally in the employ of Novell or Redhat.

Trouble is most Ubuntu users think that Ubuntu wrote the stuff. Ubuntu made Launchpad, that's nice, the live/install single CD is a good idea. But mostly they get credit for menu layout and Brown theme.

There are plenty of smaller distros that contribute very little. Trouble is Ubuntu count for a huge percentage of the user base of linux, but they do not contribute to the community as a whole.

Look at it this way, if Ubuntu went away tomorrow, Linux would initially lose a lot of users. But it's development wouldn't even skip a beat. That seems a bit skewed to me.

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