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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Agreed, to an extent. If those developers are developing for Ubuntu, those changes are not going upstream, so they will not be missed. If they are developing for other upstream projects they will simply switch distros, they may not be as happy in another distro, but they will have to switch. So the community still has those developers.

As for bugfixes, if the users are reporting upstream, then they are a huge help. Most will be reporting to Ubuntu, and here is the problem. If the Canonical team don't fix the problem, at least they may submit the bug upstream. But what we see, is that if they do, historically the patch doesn't make it upstream. So the bug still exists for the rest of us anyway.

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