developerWorks: Interview: Linus's Latest Lieutenant
Mar 20, 2002, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)
[ Thanks to Frank for
this link. ]
"Where did he come from, and what are his plans for 2.4? Marcelo
Tosatti opens up to Robert McMillan about the joy, the fear, the
challenges, and the rewards of being the Linux kernel maintainer.
He also talks about his favorite hack.
"Stepping into Alan Cox's shoes is no mean feat, even for the
most accomplished of hackers, but that is just what a little-known,
18-year-old Brazilian hacker named Marcelo Tosatti did this fall
when Linus Torvalds handed over maintenance of the Linux 2.4 kernel
tree to Tosatti instead of Cox. According to all parties involved,
Cox wanted more time to pursue other projects, and after having
maintained the 2.0 and 2.2 trees, it was time for someone else to
do the job.
"Since taking over the job, Tosatti has managed three kernel
releases, starting with 2.4.16; has answered, according to one
account, close to 700 press queries; and has given the tersest
Slashdot interview in history (see Resources later in this