What is enough?
Posted Sep 19, 2008 11:33 UTC (Fri) by grantingram
In reply to: LPC: Fitting into the kernel ecosystem
Parent article: LPC: Fitting into the kernel ecosystem
It's about which companies are contributing "enough." Is Canonical contributing enough?
That is a good point but Canonical is currently a loss making Linux start up. A well funded and high profile start - but it still is not turning a profit. How much contribution do you expect from them? What level of contribution and where would satisfy you?
Shuttleworth has been very public about challenging core upstream projects like the kernel and X.org to do things differently for Canonical's benefit.
Well the idea of coordinated releases is not just being sold on the basis that it is good for Canonical but also good for everyone....
The real work and challenges are in front of the upstream projects themselves. As downstream integrators, we should work on increasing the available upstream development manhours, or else we we'll run out of new things to integrate.
Here I disagree! The remarkable success of Ubuntu demonstrates that applying large amounts of "polish" to existing software can have an enormous effect on the success of the free software ecosystem as a whole. Clearly we need upstream development efforts but "polish" is also very valuable!
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