Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Aug 2008 22:29 UTC, submitted by rlem6983
Linux Linux project lead Linus Torvalds has said it is not easy to become a major contributor to the Linux kernel. In an email interview with ZDNet.com.au sister site ZDNet.co.uk last week, Torvalds said that, while it was relatively easy for coders and organisations to contribute small patches, the contribution of large patches, developed in isolation, could lead to both new and established contributors becoming frustrated. "The kernel is about pretty harsh technical issues, and mistakes are really frowned upon," wrote Torvalds. "In an OS kernel, there are simply more security and stability requirements, and the bar is really higher in some respects. That will inevitably also reflect in the response to patches."
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Comment by flanque
by flanque on Mon 18th Aug 2008 22:58 UTC
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2005-12-15

Kernel development isn't easy.. gee, you think?

Say it isn't so..

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RE: Comment by flanque
by dreamlax on Tue 19th Aug 2008 02:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by flanque"
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2007-01-04

I think he's talking about the difficulty of code management, not the actual difficulty of coding a kernel.

Anyone else read the title as "Kernel coding no panic"?

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Becoming a kernel dev
by abraxas on Tue 19th Aug 2008 02:35 UTC
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2005-07-07

The article is more about becoming a kernel dev than anything else. Torvalds is just saying that it isn't easy becoming a kernel dev but he also says it's not hard to contribute. If you want to be a dev you have to start out small.

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v duh
by sardaukar on Tue 19th Aug 2008 09:10 UTC
Comment by Redeeman
by Redeeman on Tue 19th Aug 2008 10:57 UTC
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2006-03-23

that is ofcourse, its not easy becoming a main contribute, provided you dont spray patches constantly to try and fix up your work.. If you only provide patches when stuff works, and then minor tweakings, its alot harder...

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He also refers to the process
by eantoranz on Tue 19th Aug 2008 17:05 UTC
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2005-12-18

It's not about being able to code for the kernel per se, but getting to "stick" in the kernel development process:
- Getting to be trusted by other developers
- Getting to be used to being "bitched" by other developers if they think your code is not OK. That can be a little tough on one's self-esteem.
- And so on.

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What would happen....
by truckweb on Tue 19th Aug 2008 17:08 UTC
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2005-07-06

If Linus Torvalds died? Would it be the end of Linux?

Sometime, I feel like the Linux kernel revolve around only one guy and if the quit, Linux would die.

It's all about Linus...

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RE: What would happen....
by alucinor on Tue 19th Aug 2008 17:26 UTC in reply to "What would happen...."
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I don't think Linux would die, but I think Red Hat and Google would gain more clout as Andrew Morton works for Google, and Red Hat employs a lot of devs.

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RE[2]: What would happen....
by google_ninja on Tue 19th Aug 2008 19:36 UTC in reply to "RE: What would happen...."
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2006-02-05

IBM would prolly try and make a power play too

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RE: What would happen....
by ari-free on Tue 19th Aug 2008 22:32 UTC in reply to "What would happen...."
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you make it sound as if Linus was 87 years old with a terminal illness, G-d forbid.

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RE[2]: What would happen....
by truckweb on Wed 20th Aug 2008 10:35 UTC in reply to "RE: What would happen...."
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2005-07-06

Don't worry, Linus, like all humans, will die.

So, I'm just asking if their is a backup plan, who will take on the coding of the kernel? Will it fork with IBM going it's own way and RedHat taking another route? Who knows?

I feel that when this happens, we will live with the same kernel for a while until devs regroup and decide where they want to go.

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RE[3]: What would happen....
by happycamper on Wed 20th Aug 2008 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What would happen...."
happycamper Member since:
2006-01-01

Don't worry, Linus, like all humans, will die.



Not me, i plan to use human enhancement techniques to live forever:-)

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In other news...
by tomcat on Wed 20th Aug 2008 01:27 UTC
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2006-01-06

Dog bites man.

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