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Linux Is Bloated. Does Anyone Care?

Sep 30, 2009, 13:03 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)


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"But it's not just guys and gals that are getting muffin tops — Windows has had one for years, and now it seems that the once svelte Linux is developing one too. Asked last week about the fact that Linux has been getting increasingly slow over the past 10 years or so, Linux-daddy Linus Torvalds replied "We're getting bloated and huge. Yes, it's a problem."

"As Linux grows up, it gains new features — and that's driven by what Linux users want. It's a bit like all those muffin-topped shoppers: They inevitably get fat, because they want fattening food. As Torvalds put it last week, "It's unacceptable, but it's also probably unavoidable."

"I've no idea what that really means, but it's probably true all the same."

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