"As the father of Linux and coordinator of the kernel's
development, Linus Torvalds might be expected to have strong views
on its importance. In fact, in a recent interview with
LinuxInsider, he said he looks at the question in a few different
""The first one is the purely personal one: I think system
programming -- and kernels in particular -- is just more
interesting than doing the more mundane kinds of software
engineering," Torvalds told LinuxInsider. "So to me, the kernel is
simply more important than anything else, because it does things
that no other piece of software does: It's the thing between the
hardware and 'ordinary programs.'"
"Of course, "the kernel really is the heart of the OS and tends
to be pretty central even aside from my personal opinions,"
Torvalds added. "The kernel ends up being involved in everything
you do, which means that if there is a performance PEER1 Managed
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fundamental problems with anything that builds on top of it --
which ends up being absolutely everything, of course."