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LinuxWorld: The Story of The Linux Kernel

Mar 25, 1999, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)

Thanks to Jim Burke for this link.

"In this excerpt from O'Reilly & Associates' newly-released book "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution," Linus Torvalds explains some of the key architectural decisions he made in bringing the Linux kernel to its present state."

"When it comes to other things, you have to balance. Is this a good implementation? Is this really adding a feature that is good? Sometimes even when the feature is good, it turns out that either the interface is bad or the implementation of that feature kind of implies that you can never do something else, now or in the future."

"Right now the only vendor that does such a stupid thing is Microsoft. Essentially, in order to read DOS/Windows files you have this ridiculous interface where all files had eleven characters, eight plus three. With NT, which allowed long filenames, they had to add a complete set of new routines to do the same things the other routines did, except that this set can also handle larger filenames. So this is an example of a bad interface polluting future works."