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internetnews.com: Linux Creator Calls Backporting 'Good Thing'

Apr 20, 2004, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"The creator of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds, has weighed in on the issue of backporting features from newer Linux kernels into older ones, calling the practice a good thing for the most part.

"Torvalds comments, in an e-mail interview with internetnews.com, came after SUSE'S CTO, Juergen Geck, told an audience at the Real World Linux Conference in Toronto that Red Hat's practice of backporting features from the 2.6 kernel into the 2.4 Kernel is a 'bad thing' because it interferes with standardization of the open source operating system.

"Geck's comments were part of a keynote theme that urged industry players to avoid practices that could fragment open source standardization efforts..."

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