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Posted May 30, 2009 1:12 UTC (Sat) by mikov (subscriber, #33179)
In reply to: Canonical? by dlang
Parent article: Developer statistics for 2.6.30

Thanks for the reply. I generally agree with what you are saying - more Linux adoption is a good thing, and of course there is neither a law, nor an ethical requirement, saying that everybody has to contribute to the kernel.

However there is a secondary observation that has been bugging me for some time: in light of these statistics, it seems less likely that Canonical would be able to provide high quality kernel support with their support licenses.

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Posted May 30, 2009 10:06 UTC (Sat) by kragil (guest, #34373) [Link]

Canonical employs a few very capable kernel hackers. Sure they don't contribute as much as the RH or Novell guys, but maybe that it because their time is spent providing high quality kernel support. Think about it ;)


Posted May 30, 2009 22:19 UTC (Sat) by mikov (subscriber, #33179) [Link]

If they provide kernel support, wouldn't it result in patches, which then would have to visible in the above statistics?

(BTW, I want to reiterate that I have nothing against Canonical, and in fact at one time our company was considering purchasing support. Alas, instead there was a company-wide downgrade from Kubuntu to Windows XP for all non-developers. That however is a different subject...)


Posted Jun 1, 2009 5:50 UTC (Mon) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Support can either mean hand holding (ie) do foo to accomplish bar or it can be mean prioritized bug fixes or new features and if it is the latter and the vendor is pushing those fixes upstream, then it would show up in these statistics.


Posted Jun 10, 2009 19:25 UTC (Wed) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263) [Link]

Well handholding seems scarce if I have to look at some Launchpad projects, so there is not much left.


Posted Jun 10, 2009 7:18 UTC (Wed) by SimonO (guest, #56318) [Link]

Perhaps it doesn't matter too much either way? Kernel contributors tend to be individuals rather than companies, so if one company would have to lay off people, other linux companies who have more success can hire them.

It would be worrying if the company which is more successful would not allow upstream contributions.


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