Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 09:43 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, some things are just too good to be true. Earlier this week, Microsoft made a relatively stunning announcement that it would contribute some 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, licensed under the GPL. Microsoft isn't particularly fond of either Linux or the GPL, so this was pretty big news. As it turns out, the code drop was brought on by... A GPL violation.
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RE[5]: The Real Surprise
by VistaUser on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The Real Surprise"
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Gotta admit that that is a great way to make sure your future hardware is fully supported by Linux. :/

The kernel matters, and since that is where he does his work, it is totally understandable that he would push for others to contribute there too.

However, it must also be said that Ubuntu is generally lacking in contributions all over the stack and not just to the kernel - this has recently been altered a little with the open sourcing of launchpad and also a few contributions here and there to other projects too, but overall, they are a consumer. That is ok, but if they manage to kill off the bigger players, there would be no one left to do the hard work and everyone would suffer in that case.

Until then, feel free to ignore any criticism of their lack of participation.

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RE[6]: The Real Surprise
by sbergman27 on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 19:11 in reply to "RE[5]: The Real Surprise"
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Until then, feel free to ignore any criticism of their lack of participation.

The way I look at it, Ubuntu has contributed in a unique way. Or at the very least, a different way than most distros. What Ubuntu has done is to hit on a better way to make Linux popular with "regular computer users" than has any other distro maintainer in the past. And other distros are the better for Ubuntu's existence.

A would call that a contribution which stands appart. Certainly, it is more significant than yet another new sound server that we didn't need anyway.

Mandrake had a similar strategy way back when, and did a good job for that time. Ultimately, trying to be cutting edge at the same time cost them dearly. But no one else has ever brought it all together and promoted desktop Linux as successfully as Ubuntu has.

As with most innovations, others soon begin to integrate the good ideas into their own distros. Though after using the "I" word like that, I should qualify it by saying that much of what Ubuntu has done is simply to address some brain-dead obvious obstacles to new users that previous distros seemed oddly blind to.

However, in my mind, that does not detract from the value of Ubuntu's contribution. There is more to our community than lines of source code.

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