Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 15:34 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Linux During the roundtable discussion at LinuxCon this year, Linus Torvalds made some pretty harsh remarks about the current state of the Linux kernel, calling it "huge and bloated", and that there is no plan in sight to solve the problem. At the same time, he also explained that he is very happy with the current development process of the kernel, and that his job has become much easier.
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RE: Linux needs a design
by CrLf on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 22:37 UTC in reply to "Linux needs a design"
CrLf
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This lack of stable ABIs and constant swapping of old code for new code prohibits stability.


You confuse ABIs with APIs apparently.

Trying to keep a stable ABI actually goes against stability. Since everything you do can break the ABI (even more so since we are talking about an _internal_ ABI), you are forced to do all kinds of hacks to avoid it, and that leads to terrible code and, in the long run, bugs and stability problems.

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