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CNET/Yahoo!: Making Linux usable tops Torvalds' list

Aug 30, 2001, 01:20 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"The biggest development in Linux in the past year has been a more refined user interface, Linux founder Linus Torvalds said Wednesday, deprecating the deeper work that remains his own domain.

"Within the last year, it's progressed past the eye-candy stage," he said during a panel discussion at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, praising the KDE user interface and higher-level applications such as KOffice.

Torvalds in January released version 2.4 of the Linux kernel, or technical heart, but that's not the most significant part of Linux overall, he said.

"I don't think the kernel matters anymore," he said. "For most applications, the kernel is good enough."

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