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[2]: Thoughts...
by segedunum on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Thoughts..."
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And when Ubuntu patches its kernel everybody goes: "It's different from vanilla! Ubuntu sucks!"

Hmmmm, no. You would like to have as much upstream as you can, but you will never be quite in step with upstream though. Everyone has to patch at some point. What you want, however, are people upstream who know what they're doing on your behalf, which is why Red Hat's developers end up contributing a lot to the kernel.

Also, a vanilla kernel makes it easier to send bug reports upstream instead of having them rejected.

Not the point. It would be better for Canonical to have developers contributing stuff upstream that Ubuntu needs to make what they're doing better, which will possibly be desktop related, and making sure they have the experience in-house to support what they, their users and their customers need and actually have some vision for what they're doing.

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