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NewsForge: Torvalds on OSDL, 2.6, and the Future

Jul 08, 2003, 15:00 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Given Linus Torvalds's recent leave of absence from Transmeta to take a full-time position at OSDL to work on Linux kernel development, and with the approaching release of Linux 2.6, I thought now would be a good time to quiz Torvalds by email. As always, Torvalds was gracious and forthcoming in his replies...

"NewsForge: One news report I read suggested that you will be turning 2.6 kernel maintenance over to Andrew Morton a lot earlier in the cycle than usual. Was that report accurate?

"Torvalds: Yes. Historically I've turned things over after I'm happy with the thing, i.e. it takes a while. With Andrew, we've already been working pretty closely for the last few months anyway, so we're going to try a new approach: he'll be the maintainer from the very get-go, and I'll be as a co-maintainer.

"We'll do it gradually, i.e. try to move him more and more into the maintenance position starting with the pre-releases (probably this week)..."

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