"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
"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."