"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
""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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