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Linux Kernel Summit: Future Directions

Sep 12, 2007, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerrit Huizenga)

"The last formal session for the kernel summit was to look at the logistics for the next summit. There was quite a bit of discussion about the incestuous nature of the program committee, the elite attitude that the summit appeared to create, and some question of the pedigree of some of the vendors and committee people on the kernel summit discussion list. It makes for amusing reading at times, but some of the concerns needed to be raised and discussed in person. To help improve the neutrality of the discussion, Ted Ts'o introduced the topic but then asked Dave Miller to moderate. Dave happens to be among the most highly respected people of the core, was not on the committee the past couple of years but has served on the committee and understands the challenges that such a committee has. As such, he was able to moderate with an eye towards representing the community point of view. I captured a number of the questions/comments raised during that session. Not all questions raised had answers, but many did, and the net summary is that the view is that the program committee is actually doing a good job at pleasing most people most of the time (the highest achievable goal, in many people's eyes..."

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