Lucas Nussbaum suggests that Linux distributions should have a place to collaborate more effectively than just with upstream projects:
I am both a Debian and an Ubuntu developer, and I’m sometimes amazed that Ubuntu discusses technical choices that were discussed (and solved) a few weeks earlier in Debian. And it’s even worse with the other big distros out there.
Couldn’t we try to improve this ?
More and more I believe that open code itself is insufficient. Encouraging and participating in a healthy community around the project is necessary for both free software and open source.