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NewsForge: 2.4 kernel: Stealing some time with kernel hacker Geert Uytterhoeven

Feb 07, 2001, 06:18 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

"Geert Uytterhoeven is like a little Linux supplier in and of himself. He has a number of downloads available from his own Web site and his contributions can be traced through conversations in the kernel archive page with hacker greats like Alan Cox and occasionally even with Linus Torvalds himself...."

"The 2.4.0-test releases received a lot of testing. So far it worked fine on all machines I installed it on. I'm particularly happy that we got integrated most of the m68k (Amiga, Atari, Mac, Sun-3, ...) port. As you probably know, Linux/m68k was the first port of Linux to a non-Intel platform (yes, it's even older than the Alpha port). I find it a pity that the PPC port updates didn't make it in 2.4.0. But this will be solved in 2.4.1. Sometimes it's just very hard to get your stuff integrated in Linus' tree."

"Each of his emails bears the same tag in which he quotes Torvalds: "In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I'm talking to journalists, I just say 'programmer' or something like that." But if Uytterhoeven can help it, the future will bring change. If the popularity of Open Source is indeed directly proportionate to the popularity of the hacker ethic, the public will certainly become more familiar with its true nature."

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