Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[2]: Comment by sergio
by nt_jerkface on Thu 14th Jun 2012 04:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by sergio"
nt_jerkface
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"that He did more harm than good in some areas (i.e. allowing binary blobs... or refusing to define an stable ABI in the name of change).


That is a matter of opinion. IMHO it was a positive thing he did those things, not a negative thing. We wouldn't for example have Android if binary blobs weren't allowed.
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Well in my opinion it's one of the worst OS design decisions of all time.

Android could exist with a stable binary interface. People buy Android because it is an established brand and because they are cheaper than iPhones. No one would care if Samsung's bluetooth driver wasn't open source. Unix can have a stable abi and be successful. See OS/X and iOS for examples.

Linus is a talented programmer but he is also arrogant and unwilling to admit mistakes. He and Greg KH never explained how having some type of a middle ground like a 2 year abi would hurt Linux. They took the extreme position and have stuck with it.

Oh and the idea that "opening ur specs" will result in free drivers proved to be bullshit. There aren't enough open source developers to meet driver demand. You can find driver requests that are years old.

Edited 2012-06-14 04:25 UTC

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