Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Jan 2009 10:58 UTC
Linux Ever year, Linus Torvalds goes on vacation to Australia, during which he usually also visits linux.conf.au. During his stay this year he gave an interview to ComputerWorld, in which he talked about the success of point releases and the important topic of file systems in Linux, which is quite an active field today with ext4 and Btrfs. He also gave some insights into why he switched away from KDE, moving to GNOME instead, and he shares his thoughts on Windows 7.
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Creating a successful distro is not easy
by da_Chicken on Sat 24th Jan 2009 15:11 UTC
da_Chicken
Member since:
2006-01-01

Linus Torvalds said:
"It's a huge job to do a distribution. The reason there are hundreds is it is easy to start your own, but if you want to be a leader and introduce new code, the testing and Q&A involved is enormous. It depends on having enough users that you get coverage and it is unreasonable to expect too many large distributions. Ubuntu grew surprisingly quickly and maybe that can happen again."

Here I agree with Torvalds, although I don't think another phenomenon like Ubuntu will happen soon. Mark Shuttleworth is an exceptionally wealthy man who has the resources to make things happen quickly. Still, he didn't create Ubuntu from scratch. He duplicated Debian's infrastructure and hired a bunch of top Debian developers to work for Ubuntu. Of course, Shuttleworth made also some other smart moves, like dropping support for less popular processor architectures, and he made a large number of Ubuntu's packages depend on community support (and ultimately on Debian's unstable branch).

I expect Linus Torvalds might still change his mind about KDE4. I've used the latest release candidate of KDE 4.2, and I don't miss much of the functionality that was in KDE 3.x. Currently my biggest gripe with KDE4 is that editing bookmarks in Konqueror seems way too difficult. But after changing the plasma theme from the default, switching applications menu to the traditional layout, and changing window decorations to the old plastik theme, I find that using KDE 4.2 is a pretty similar experience as using KDE 3.x -- only KDE4 looks much, much nicer.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Out of curiosity, which Plasma theme did you switch to?

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da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

Silicon.

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perspectoff Member since:
2008-11-06

Thank you.

My opinion exactly.

I used the classic configuration of KDE 4.x so that it looked like KDE 3.5 and now prefer it to KDE 3.5.

I will stick with KDE 4, now.

What is interesting is that KDE 4 doesn't certify a lot of classic applications for KDE4 compliance, but they work anyway. Kubuntu Linux is a great system that way. I can still use my programs even after an update. Requires a tad of software bloat to do so (but I have lots of hard drive capacity and RAM).

Torvalds is using Gnome because it is slimmer for netbook usage (which he says he is trying out).

KDE4 is still in the Occam's razor stage -- slimming and becoming more efficient.

But it will eventually be the dominant desktop interface, for all OS's.

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