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: This is why I wont use Ubuntu
by DrillSgt on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 00:55 UTC in reply to "This is why I wont use Ubuntu"
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"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."

This statement makes little sense to me. The community consists of both users and developers, so if they have a huge percentage of the user base, then they contribute hugely to the community. If those users were lost, the community would lose all those people. Contributing to the community does not mean just to send in patches and code. It means bringing in new users, and helping it to grow. Lots of OSS websites proclaim that contributing means using the software and reporting bugs, not necessarily contributing actual code. One such piece of OSS software is the Linux Kernel. With that, I would say Canonical and Ubuntu contribute a great deal to the community, maybe not to the people that seem to require everything to be open, but definitely to the rest of the community.

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