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[7]: Rebuttals
by sbergman27 on Sun 21st Sep 2008 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Rebuttals"
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Unnecessarily using a stock ticker instead of a company's name in an attempt to look cool really only makes you look like a complete idiot, you know.

Off-topic, irrelevant, and incorrect.

Were you truly unable to come up with anything more appropriate, Adam?

Edited 2008-09-21 18:05 UTC

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RE[8]: Rebuttals
by AdamW on Wed 24th Sep 2008 20:26 in reply to "RE[7]: Rebuttals"
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Off-topic? Sure. Irrelevant? Guilty as charged. Incorrect? That I take exception to. ;)

I don't know where this trend for talking about companies as if their stock ticker was their name started (probably on some trendy-yet-entirely-clueless 'business' site), but it's stupid. The company is called Novell. Not NOVL. Knock it off already.

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RE[9]: Rebuttals
by sbergman27 on Wed 24th Sep 2008 21:20 in reply to "RE[8]: Rebuttals"
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I don't know where this trend for talking about companies as if their stock ticker was their name started

In this case, it was actually quite appropriate, as it was intended to call attention to the fact that they *are* publicly traded, and thus are driven by their responsibility to make a profit for their investors. Different companies handle that in their own ways. But Red Hat's way of doing it is decidedly not the norm. Novell, being an old-school company from the 80s, handles it in a more typical way.

I could have spelled all that out explicitly. And as it turns out, I've apparently had to do so anyway. But using 'NOVL', in that case, was a succinct way to draw attention to that aspect. Take the context into consideration before you post knee-jerk criticisms, please.

That said, you won't catch me doing things that really *do* qualify as silly and detrimental to credibility, like the writing Microsoft with a '$' thing.

And yes, business oriented sites do indeed commonly refer to companies by their trading symbols, in both articles and in comments.

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