Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 15:34 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Linux During the roundtable discussion at LinuxCon this year, Linus Torvalds made some pretty harsh remarks about the current state of the Linux kernel, calling it "huge and bloated", and that there is no plan in sight to solve the problem. At the same time, he also explained that he is very happy with the current development process of the kernel, and that his job has become much easier.
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RE: Bloat
by CrLf on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 22:45 UTC in reply to "Bloat"
CrLf
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2006-01-03

Why all device drivers are in one project to begin with?


Why? First of all, to keep them all current despite changes in the kernel.

There are tons of drivers in the kernel that have had no maintainer worthy of that name for ages. Yet, they still work today. This possible only because anyone that changes the kernel in such a way that drivers are affected is responsible to change them accordingly.

This is why you can still have ReiserFS 3 filesystems even though the internal filesystem workings of the kernel have changed a bit and the original developers have long since completely abandoned it (around the time Reiser 4 started).

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