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Torvalds: Real Quality Means Taking it Personally

Oct 28, 2008, 14:02 (2 Talkback[s])

"On potential changes to the release cycle: Torvalds seemed to suggest the current cycle could last awhile. "We have been so successful trying to shrink the cycle that I would try to shrink it a bit more, although in arguments against it, they [kernel developers] have convinced me that I don't think we can," he said. "No one's really unhappy with the current cycle."

"On the "tools" people at the conference, and userland vs kernel issues: According to Torvalds, the debates on userland vs kernel layer changes "are always so painful." In general, he added, he thinks it's best when "we can keep something in the kernel and don't have to worry about userland interactions and tools and especially graphical GUIs, which kernel people really aren't that great at," he said. Added Torvalds, "We are much better when we have don't have to try to integrate with a group that doesn't share our values and where we really don't know each others' issues."

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