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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Quality, not quantity
by 3rdalbum on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 10:41 UTC
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Maybe the reason why Canonical isn't contributing more to the kernel is because it's already being kept in excellent shape by Novell, IBM, Red Hat, the Linux Foundation, and others.

You'd also find that most Ubuntu users are using proprietary drivers, and therefore their bug reports are virtually disregarded by kernel devs unless they disable the drivers and reproduce the bug. Most Ubuntu users I probably wouldn't be able to reproduce the bug at will; I know I haven't been able to in the past.

What Ubuntu with all its end-users *does* know is the desktop, and some of its own desktop-related projects have been adopted by other distributions.

You might find, for instance, that Gentoo doesn't contribute much to the kernel. But Gentoo users contribute a massive amount to the ecosystem through their excellent HOWTOs for doing virtually anything you ever wanted to do with Linux.

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