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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"They chose Debian Unstable as a compromise between stability and bleeding edge software.

If they had used Debian Stable, or even Testing, they would be two releases behind on all fast developing software like Firefox, Gnome, music players and what have you.

Packages generally migrate from Unstable to Testing after a 10 day period without serious bugs. This lets packages be far more up to date than a 5 month old Ubuntu release. It's also the type of policy that would have prevented something like Ubuntu breaking Xorg in an update to their stable distro ( , ).

Yeah, basing on Stable can leave one behind a bit. Testing? Not so much. Testing seems a much more sensible target to me.

But how often does Ubuntu synch with Debian Anything these days? I don't actually know ;)

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