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: Rebuttals
by GhePeU on Sun 21st Sep 2008 11:09 UTC in reply to "Rebuttals"
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What a surprise. Someone points to a serious problem of Canonical/Ubuntu, which has been noticed by a a lot of developers from many projects, including, gcc and, the kernel, and instead of acknowledging the problem the best they can do is to try to stir up the zealots and the nutjobs (like schestowitz of fame) with this "he works for novell!!! he is an enemy of the people!!!" crap.

If he attacked Canonical because he works for Novell, how comes that he repeatedly pointed up that RED HAT contributes many thing to everything? Canonical contributes less than Gentoo, a free community distro without a single payed developer...

Edited 2008-09-21 11:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Rebuttals
by Kroc on Sun 21st Sep 2008 11:30 in reply to "RE: Rebuttals"
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Your enemy's enemy is your friend.

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RE[3]: Rebuttals
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 21st Sep 2008 13:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Rebuttals"
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Your enemy's enemy is your friend.

Do you really think that Novell, Red Hat, MontaVista, Debian, Mandiva, Gentoo, and every other Linux distributor conspire against Cannonical?

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RE[2]: Rebuttals
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 21st Sep 2008 13:11 in reply to "RE: Rebuttals"
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The second linked article is a survey by the Linux Foundation. It also includes a graphic about where the kernel contributors come from:
There are even some companies on the list, I've never heard from before, like Linutronix. Cannonical/Ubuntu is not on the list.
I don't know if the Linux Foundation is nowadays a competitor to Cannonical, but I don't think they are. ;-)

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