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CNET News.com: Torvalds, Developers at Odds Over Linux

Jan 30, 2002, 19:51 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"On Monday, Rob Landley, a computer programmer, writer and Linux evangelist, posted a proposal to the Linux kernel development list calling for a 'Patch Penguin'--a person who would help integrate fixes for the myriad of small problems that plague the current development kernel, Linux 2.5.

"The proposal comes after many developers have grown frustrated with Torvalds for not keeping up with the slew of minor fixes hatched by volunteers, said Landley. A situation that, he added, that has become a source of underlying tension in the community.

"'Right now, the patch process is manageable, but it's showing stress fractures, and I'm proposing to relieve that stress before an earthquake,' said Landley, after his proposal set off a heated discussion on the list between Torvalds and several developers. 'If the stress keeps growing, the more and more likely that something catastrophic will happen.'..."

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