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 Soulbender on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 16:29 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

I dont see RedHat giving away RHEL or SuSE giving away their equivalent.

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by KAMiKAZOW on Tue 23rd Sep 2008 00:07 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

I dont see RedHat giving away RHEL or SuSE giving away their equivalent.

Every openSUSE X.1 release corresponds to a SUSE Linux Enterprise X.0 release. Eg. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be based on openSUSE 11.1. The number of supported packages is smaller, eg. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 won't include KDE 3.5, and a default desktop is selected. Other than that openSUSE 11.1 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be pretty much identical.
That being said, Cannonical's so called "LTS" releases only offer three years of support for desktop apps. Every openSUSE release offers two years.

Red Hat goes a different path with Fedora. A Fedora release is more like an early beta release of Red Hat Enterprise. Red Hat releases all source code of Red Hat Enterprise, even of BSDLed apps that don't require a source release. While not official, there's CentOS. RHEL/CentOS is fully supported for 7 years, not just lousy 3 years for desktop apps and 5 years for sever apps.

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