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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What would happen....
by truckweb on Tue 19th Aug 2008 17:08 UTC
truckweb
Member since:
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 in reply to "What would happen...."
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2006-01-06

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 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 in reply to "What would happen...."
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2007-01-22

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 in reply to "RE: What would happen...."
truckweb Member since:
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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