Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 10:36 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and the maintainer of the development kernel, expressed concerns that the kernel development process may need to be changed to make sure that Morton is not overworked. "One issue is that I actually worry that Andrew will at some point be where I was a couple of years ago - overworked and stressed out by just tons and tons of patches," said Torvalds. "If Andrew burns out, we'll all suffer hugely."
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RE[4]: Distributed
by Lazarus on Tue 27th Sep 2005 17:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Distributed"
Lazarus
Member since:
2005-08-10

You could say the exact same thing about any of the BSDs CVS repositories. It's just as stupid simple to pull an entire copy of say the FreeBSD CVS repo as it is to have your own Linux kernel tree, and I know that verious developers for all of the BSD projects do exactly this.

Kind of makes me wonder what real differences there are WRT "centralized" vs. "distributed" SCM systems. You can do the same things with both, as only the specifics vary. The only difference is that in the BSD projects, there is more than one developer with commit access to the "official" source code repositories.

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RE[5]: Distributed
by John Nilsson on Tue 27th Sep 2005 17:14 in reply to "RE[4]: Distributed"
John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm just saying that your suggestion is based on removing Linus as a bottleneck for the main tree.

The problem is that the ONLT thing that makes his tree the main tree is him.

If you forked the tree and put it up as a wiki or something. Noone would ship it. They ship Linus'es tree because they trust him.

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RE[6]: Distributed
by Lazarus on Tue 27th Sep 2005 17:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Distributed"
Lazarus Member since:
2005-08-10

"I'm just saying that your suggestion is based on removing Linus as a bottleneck for the main tree."

I personally have never made the claim that Linus is a bottleneck. I *am* making the claim that only having one or two people in charge of the development of the "Official" tree is a liability.

Single developers in charge of things is often required when a project gets started, but once the project has established itself and has a clear set of goals and a direction, it is foolish to continue with an infrastructure that is best suited to small projects.

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