> Yet, in a meritocracy, the level of your profile shouldn't matter.
Sure, if you assume all people are robots and won't be affected by other people/company actions. But that's not true. One problem is that if the biggest/richest/etc. embedded developer says "sorry, we're too busy working to bother upstreaming" then it sends a giant red flag up for all the managers at the smaller embedded developers who will start asking "wtf are we wasting time on upstreaming, when google don't".
You _really_ want those questions to be asked the other way around, so you have to do whatever it takes to make the largest "DTRT" ... so that you don't have to have the same battle with 666 small companies.
Speaking as a non-kernel developer who bought an unlocked Nexus One, and is currently happy with Chris's comments that they just need to hire more people to get it done, and are in the process of doing that.