LPC: Fitting into the kernel ecosystem
Posted Sep 18, 2008 18:24 UTC (Thu) by email@example.com
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A great majority of Canonical's work shows up in Ubuntu itself, not in upstream projects. Most of what we do is packaging and integration, making the whole mess actually work for end users, not writing it in the first place.
Sometimes this involves writing patches. Some of those patches are appropriate to contribute back, either to Debian (packaging patches) or further upstream (code patches). We try to do that, and we do a better job with some projects than with others. Some of the patches actually belong in Ubuntu and don't make sense anywhere else.
We've actually gone out and asked upstream projects for feedback, via a survey, and are working to improve collaboration with them based on that. This all comes down to having a personal relationship where both sides understand what to expect from each other.
Greg, unfortunately, prefers a different approach, which involves telling people with no influence over the situation how bad he thinks it is.
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