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Linus Torvalds speaks about kernel fun, gadgets

Sep 30, 2011, 06:00 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Slavey Karadzhov for this link. ]

"LBG: Nowadays what percentage of the day do you devote to Linux?

"It comes and goes in waves, mostly dictated by release timings. Linux is what I do almost all the time, but there are different "intensity levels". Right now, for example, we're pretty late in the 3.1 release window, and things are fairly quiet. In fact, because of the troubles we had at kernel.org (somebody broke in, and people are being *really* careful, so the whole site is getting re-architected and the whole hardware layout is changing too), I envision that that fairly calm quiet period will go on for a few more weeks - normally I'd be making ready to do a release right about now.

"And when I make a release, and open the merge window, things really pick up. Doing ten or twenty merges a day is not challenging per se, but trying to keep track of things and knowing what's going on so that when problems occur (and they *will* occur) I can track it all, that can be quite busy. Not just for the two weeks of the actual merge window, but usually for the couple of weeks afterwards too as issues trickle in and before it starts calming down.

"LBG: Can you describe one of your normal working days? Does it involve wearing a black cloak and riding a batlinux mobile?

"It's really not very glamorous. I work from home, and have done so for the last almost ten years, so what usually happens is that I just walk up to my office in my bathrobe after having woken the kids up and done coffee for me and my wife. And then I sit in front of the computer for the rest of the day. Sometimes without getting into my batmobile for several days at a time.

"So that 'black coat' you speak of is actually a pretty ratty bathrobe. They'll have to sex it up a bit if they ever make a movie about it."

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