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Is the Linux Kernel In Trouble?

Aug 12, 2010, 12:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

"Does Linux kernel development face a crisis in the coming years? That was one of the topics of discussion at LinuxCon this week, and the concern has been raised before. The kernel, of course, is the product of one of the longest collaborative software projects ever, and continues to get substantial parts of it forward progress from contributions from commercial companies. There is concern, though, that the kernel is too complicated for the existing development model now, and concern that commercially driven development interests will skew away from what might produce the healthiest possible kernel.

"ZDNet's Paula Rooney notes:

""Attracting talent to work on the kernel will be more challenging in the future, according to James Bottomley, a Linux kernel maintainer and 20-year distinguished engineer (SUSE) at Novell. Now that the kernel and Linux industry is mature, commercial opportunities have become far more appealing to new developers than kernel development"

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