The Graying of the Linux Kernel Community

Interestingly — and relatedly — the question of Linux’s longevity has been another hot topic recently in the Linux blogosphere.

“Time has been good to Linux and the kernel community, with the level of participation and volume of activity reaching unprecedented levels,” began Lemeowski’s post on Slashdot. “But as core Linux kernel developers grow older, there’s a very real concern about ensuring younger generations are getting involved.”

At least as interesting as the topic itself were the comments it received on Slashdot, more than a few of which harped on the same theme — namely, the verbal abuse that tends to be liberally doled out by Linus in particular and kernel developers in general.