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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Morin
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2005-12-31

> Linux is a young kernel; GNU is a young platform.

Linux is 15 years old, which is quite a lot in the computing industry. NT in its current form is roughly the same age. One could argue that NT borrowed knowledge that was developed earlier for VMS, but the same could be said about Linux which borrowed almost all of its concepts from Unix. GNU started in 1983 and is based on Unix concepts as well.

If you say "young" - compared to what?

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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux is 15 years old, which is quite a lot in the computing industry. NT in its current form is roughly the same age. One could argue that NT borrowed knowledge that was developed earlier for VMS, but the same could be said about Linux which borrowed almost all of its concepts from Unix. GNU started in 1983 and is based on Unix concepts as well.

Umm... You are kidding right?
You're actually comparing Linus' student project to Windows NT 3.1, which entered development in 1988 (!!) and was backed up by two (and then one in 1990) of the largest software companies in the World, Microsoft and IBM?

Microsoft didn't "borrow" knowledge from VMS. Microsoft hired most of the VMS development team (from DEC) to work on Windows NT.

How can you compare the sheer size of Microsoft, IBM and DEC to Linux? Even today, when Linus is gaining strength is still minute compared to Microsoft.

Now, unless you have something constructive to add....

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Morin Member since:
2005-12-31

> How can you compare the sheer size of Microsoft, IBM and DEC to Linux?
> Even today, when Linus is gaining strength is still minute compared to Microsoft.

I responded to your posting, which was about the age of Linux. I never compared sizes, nor did you until now. You are pretty much twisting words that have already been written.

I'd like to inform you that if you see Linux as the revolution against the giant MS (which I think it almost is, although I think it still sucks technically), then you will help your cause a lot more by not writing such nonsense, but coding, bug reporting, educating newbies, ...

Otherwise, if you only want to "win" a discussion, then you should be aware that there are more satisfactory things you could do in your time. And by the way, if it was you who modded me down, you should develop other means of power than down-modding. It won't help you in real life, and only real life counts.

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