“InformationWeek: Which is the goal these days in developing the
kernel… rapid development of new features or minimizing possible
bugs and defects?
“Morton: We try to do both, of course. It’s not a direct
trade-off. If you apply patches faster, you can find bugs and fix
things faster… There are many layers of back up behind us. There
are hundreds and thousands of testers who help us find new bugs. As
the kernel goes into the leading edge products, [Red Hat] Fedora
and OpenSuse, it goes out to many thousands of additional testers.
It’s a year old or more by the time it gets added to an enterprise
version of Linux…”