LPC: Fitting into the kernel ecosystem
Posted Sep 18, 2008 18:04 UTC (Thu) by firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you consume upstream projects, you should value for your own sake contributing to them.
This is a popular meme in this discussion, but I think it misses the point. About half of the people in the room raised their hands during Greg's talk to indicate that they were running Ubuntu on their laptops. Does that mean that they should be expected to provide packaging and integration patches for Ubuntu? Of course not. It's free!
Many of them contribute to projects which are upstream of Ubuntu, and thus benefit it indirectly. Ubuntu, by creating a system that they want to use as their development platform, provides an indirect benefit as well. A lot of people use Ubuntu and don't contribute anything, directly or indirectly. This doesn't make them unethical or shortsighted.
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