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: Thoughts...
by chris_dk on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 19:05 UTC in reply to "Thoughts..."
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So then we come to this comment in [mdz's] article: "our kernel consists almost entirely of code we receive from upstream."

This is exactly what Greg arguing against. He was basically saying "don't rely on upstream; be your own distro/project, and provide patches back up".


And when Ubuntu patches its kernel everybody goes: "It's different from vanilla! Ubuntu sucks!"

Also, a vanilla kernel makes it easier to send bug reports upstream instead of having them rejected.

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