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In Search of a Quality Kernel

Nov 22, 2007, 09:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"Discussions of kernel quality are not a new phenomenon on linux-kernel. It is, indeed, a topic which comes up with a certain regularity, more so than with many other free software projects. The size of the kernel, the rate at which its code changes, and the wide range of environments in which the kernel runs all lead to unique challenges; add in the fact that kernel bugs can lead to catastrophic system failures and you have the material for no end of debate.

"The latest round began when Natalie Protasevich, a Google developer who spends some time helping Andrew Morton track bugs, posted this list of a few dozen open bugs which seemed worthy of further attention..."

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