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NewsForge: Alan Cox on the DMCA, his future, and the future of Linux

Nov 08, 2001, 17:33 (12 Talkback[s])
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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 tool."

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.

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