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NewsForge: You announced recently that
you'll be passing on the maintenance of the 2.4 kernel to Marcelo
Tosatti, but it sounds like you'll continue to be involved in
kernel development and in other Linux issues. What are your plans
in the coming months?
Cox: I have a list of things I want to get done
in 2.5, most of which consist of removing old ugly code. There is
some device driver stuff I want to work on, and there are a whole
collection of userspace things I want to play with somewhat more --
especially configuration tools and usability. There is basic stuff
that bugs me and I don't have to fix right now -- like PPP
configuration tools not bothering to say, "You have no firewall
configured would you like to run the firewall configuration
NewsForge: You said you'd like to spend more
time working on Red Hat customer needs. What's your role at Red Hat
and how do you interact with customers?
Cox: Primarily I work on the kernel and kernel
related projects but I'm also there to ensure that we can deliver
our enterprise customers an extremely high level of support in
deploying Linux, in customising Linux and very importantly in
supporting them by getting problems fixed fast.