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RE[4]: maybe its the license
by allanregistos on Wed 9th Mar 2011 06:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: maybe its the license"
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But it should be noted that Oracle does contribute to the kernel (btrfs)

It was noted, however, Oracle did it because they need it for their Linux farms, not that Red Hat or other people needs it.

unlike a certain other distro that sounds like a type of African coffee.

You people are just short-sighted, joining the circus of criticizing Canonical for not contributing back.

Canonical is totally different from Oracle. Their focus is on the desktop and in the server and what the desktop user needs. While Oracle have a massive software portfolio, where the Linux kernel is of prime importance because of this, so they have to develop(not contribute) to let their applications run at top speed using the Linux kernel. And knowing that the Linux kernel was licensed through the GPL2, they need to show/contribute their changes back. Oracle need not to worry about desktop users at the OS level, as this is not their prime target of their massive software portfolio, whereas Canonical is so focus on the OS desktop and so with their resources. So, contributing back to the kernel at Canonical is not that strong as it is from Oracle.

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