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eWeek: Torvalds looks beyond 2.4

Jan 29, 2001, 20:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"As the Linux world congregates this week in New York, the center of attention, as always, will be Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Resting up from the long 2.4 kernel development cycle, Torvalds took time out to exchange e-mail messages with eWeek Senior Editor Peter Galli about 2.4 and beyond."

"eWeek: The 2.4 kernel has been enthusiastically embraced by users. What aspects in the kernel are you most proud of in that regard and why?

Torvalds: I like the fact that I feel we got the file system interfaces right ... and I've been very happy with how the new design turned out internally. These kinds of infrastructure issues aren't visible to users (except, of course, as a result of how well it works), but it really makes it a lot easier to maintain when there is a strong and solid architecture to build on."

"eWeek: But Linux still has a long way to go before it yields the performance of high-end Unix systems. Do you agree, and, if so, what do you plan to do to correct this going forward?

Torvalds: I don't worry about the performance issues. Linux already holds the world record SPECweb numbers. The thing that continues to be much more important than high-end Unix systems is really more of the user interface issues, ease of use for normal users. That's the stuff that really matters in the end, once you have the good, solid foundations--which I think we do. And I think Linux is doing very well in this area, too; the whole graphics and UI scene has pretty much been revitalized in the last few years, and we're doing really well."

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