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Nov 16, 1999, 07:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source programming is sufficiently flexible to keep even very complex projects improving because individuals will take charge over different sections, Torvalds said. "Top-down decision-making," where a few people control a project, doesn't work well with large projects such as operating systems, he said."

"On the down side, Linux's upgrade schedule--which never is etched in stone--has slipped a little in the last few months. In a keynote at a Linux conference in August, Torvalds said he hoped to have the next edition of the Linux kernel, version 2.4, out by 2000. Now he's hoping for early 2000, he said...."

"While I was upset about Mindcraft for awhile, I took it as a more positive thing after I got past the personal injury to my pride," Torvalds said. "We just delved into it and fixed it. We took this benchmark as a way of saying, 'Yes, Linux is not the best at everything.' We fixed the area, and as a result, Linux is doing extremely well on those kind of benchmarks."

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