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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First make money, then contribute
by chris_dk on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 19:10 UTC
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How can you employ developers when you are not making money?

I think this is the core issue. I saw a figure of 130 people at Canonical but last I heard (from sebastian; he who packages gnome) there are only about 10-15 developers working at the distro.

How do you expect them to contribute the same as Red Hat or Novell?

Shuttleworth has failed at providing a business model for Ubuntu: for four years Ubuntu has not made a profit.
That's why there's an increase in the enterprise aspects of Ubuntu. Let's see how that goes.

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