Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th May 2006 17:26 UTC, submitted by JMcCarthy
Linux Andrew Morton, the lead maintainer of the Linux production kernel, is worried that an increasing number of defects are appearing in the 2.6 kernel and is considering drastic action to resolve it. "I believe the 2.6 kernel is slowly getting buggier. It seems we're adding bugs at a higher rate than we're fixing them," Morton said, in a talk at the LinuxTag conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, on Friday.
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But that's a false dichotomy. I'd rather have a well thought out slowly changing API with backward compatibility for open source drivers than either of your choices.

I doubt that it's doable in the foreseeable future.

"fast evolving" would be more interesting if Linux was doing anything more than evolving to where other systems have been for decades.

If you consider where Linux 1.0 and GNU were ~10 years ago and compare that to Windows NT 4.0 - and then take Windows XP and compare that to linux 2.6 and KDE 3.5.2, you'll fully understand my point.
Linux is a young kernel; GNU is a young platform. It has yet to find it's bullet bullet when it comes to kernel and in-kernel API design and as such, it must not be locked into current APIs. (Which were invented as you go).

Oh... and considering the number of servers running GNU/Linux based distributions (Considering Microsoft's seemingly infinite marketing and development resources, let alone their market dominance), GNU/Linux must be doing something right... (As volatile as the in-kernel API is.)


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