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: What is "Linux ecosystem"?
by irbis on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 00:21 UTC in reply to "What is "Linux ecosystem"?"
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...As to - and if I remember correctly, Ubuntu was the first Debian-based distribution to use modular That work later benefited Debian too. So their work concentrated on on implementing technology rather than developing it. Probably the same still.

As a small new company that is yet to make a single dime of real profit, Canonical probably just doesn't have the resources to throw to all directions like to basic level development. If you want to develop, and even want to be paid for your work, Canonical is not the best option to look for as an employer. That is why Canonical doesn't have many developers hired. The same in Linux kernel development.

Ubuntu's (and thus Canonical's) main focus is only in distributing and building a user-friendly Debian- and Gnome-based desktop distribution, mostly build from tools developed by other people than themselves.

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