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The Register: Linus Q&A on robots, fame and getting to 'yes' with 2.4

Nov 16, 2000, 14:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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"What was guiding your decision making in the 2.4 kernel? You had a lot of choices, ranging from SMP to small devices
A lot of it's not so much that it's guiding my decision making - I try actively to avoid having specific goals, and with 2.4 the only goals really were SMP scalability and getting the network stack up to snuff. And that was mainly because of - as you know - Mindcraft. ... The thing that really guides me is what people work on and what people are interested in."

"A year ago you had a prominent role doing keynotes, and kind of evangelising Linux to a new audience. Do you feel that people understand what it's all about and you let other people do that now?
It's not that I think that the work is done. I'm very unmotivated to do evangelism - that's not what I do, basically. Most of the questions that people have now these days are questions that I'm the not right person to answer. Most of the questions these days are no longer about the kernel. That and the fact that I've been doing it for too long means I'm trying to distance myself, and let other people jump in."

"There's a lot of interesting free software work - on clusters and clustered file systems - that could really change how people put systems together on a big scale...
It probably will because that's so expensive to do now. That's where open source and an evolutionary approach really shines because it makes something that expensive economically feasible. But at the same time I'm more excited about the gadgets. Never mind the clusters - the most exciting gadget by far was the robot - so..."

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