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KernelTrap: Is The Kernel Nearly Finished?

Dec 09, 2002, 22:00 (14 Talkback[s])

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"It was recently asked on the Linux kernel mailing list if it's too late to get involved with kernel development, wondering if all the interesting work is already done and if all that's left is the monotony of fixing bugs and optimizing existing code. Several of the responses seemed to be of the opinion that while this may be true for UNIX(like) operating systems striving for POSIX compliance, there's room to start over.

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds replied to this by saying, 'No. Only stupid people think they should throw away old proven concepts. What happens quite often in academia in particular is that you find a problem you want to fix, and you re-design the whole system around your fix.' He went on to argue, 'Not throwing out the baby with the bath-water doesn't mean that you cannot improve the system. I'm only arguing against stupid people who think they need a revolution to improve--most real improvements are evolutionary...'"

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