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]: Comment by Kroc
by irbis on Sun 21st Sep 2008 23:54 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
irbis
Member since:
2005-07-08

SuSE were given away on magazine CDs since the 1990s

I can't remember ever having seen one but maybe I only missed seeing those magazines?

Anyway, SuSE was long described as partly a non-free distribution by sites like Distrowatch. There were no free SuSE installation ISOs to be downloaded anywhere, but you could install SuSE by using the more difficult and time consuming ftp installation method. OpenSUSE (and its commercial variant SLED) came only after Novell had bought SuSE.

Edited 2008-09-21 23:56 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 10:15 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't remember ever having seen one but maybe I only missed seeing those magazines?

Obviously. I moved just a few months ago and threw away lots of old CDs. Magazine CDs with S.u.S.E. Linux were among them.

SuSE was long described as partly a non-free distribution by sites like Distrowatch.

YaST was open source, but not GPLed in the past.

That are things of the past anyway. Today's business model of Cannonical and most other distributors like Red Hat are similar: Sell support contracts to enterprises.
Red Hat knows that to fulfil those contracts, it has to employ many developers. Every Red Hat Enterprise Linux is supported for seven years, after all. Somebody needs to do all that bugfixing, backporting, etc.
Cannonical OTOH wants to sell support contracts as well. But as Ubuntu supporters pointed out: Ubuntu's contribution is to report bugs and not to fix them. See http://osnews.com/thread?330932

So who does the bugfixing? Well, most of the time that are employees of Red Hat, Novell, Nokia, IBM,... who are part of the upstream project.

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