So companies like Intel, which are very strongly in the upstream first camp these days (most of the time) are failing in the marketplace?
"Upstream first" is not a hard and fast rule. It's also not exactly "get the code into the mainline kernel first"; it's more along the lines of "be sure that the code can get into the mainline kernel first." There is a difference there.
I'm not sure I see "upstream first" holding back Novell. Citation needed. Instead, I see the times they didn't do things that way (AppArmor), that that didn't work out all that well for them.
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