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Linux Kernel Devs: We Need New Blood

Apr 15, 2010, 19:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Are Linux kernel developers getting too old? That was a question raised during a panel discussion with kernel developers at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit this week, as some admitted that there are a large number of 'graybeards' that make up kernel development. The graying of the kernel could put Linux development at risk unless new blood is brought into the fold, some warned.

""Yes we're getting older and I think we're also getting more tired," Linux kernel developer Andrew Morton said. "Amongst individuals in the development community, I don't see the amount of same energy, enthusiasm and effort -- I'm afraid I often see people ducking work which they would have happily jumped into 10 years ago. So yes, we need new blood."

"Morton added that in his view there are now a bunch of developers that have been very active for 10 or 15 years and they have a very highly specialized level of experience and understanding. He noted those experienced developers have the skills to integrate components of great complexity into Linux."

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