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Mon 28th Aug 22:14 2006: lkml

Greg K-H has posted his OLS slideshow and text about Linux kernel development, including a reference to Arjan van de Ven's Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario article, which I had not heard of, but is great stuff.

It's a good review of the current state of the Linux kernel and its development. Selected slide headlines:

- "My favourite nemesis - plug & play - is still not at Windows level" (turns out to be from Greg's boss, April 2006!)
- Linux supports more devices, "out of the box", than any other operating system ever has
- Linux supports more different processors than any other OS ever has.
- The kernel has no obvious design.
- "Open-source development violates almost all known management theories"
- "Linux is evolution, not intelligent design" (Linus Torvalds)
- "The kernel needs a stable API"
- Closed source Linux kernel modules are illegal.
- Closed source Linux kernel modules are unworkable.
- Closed source Linux kernel modules are unethical.
- It is hard to get code into the main kernel tree
- "If only the kernel had a regression testsuite, everything would be better."
- Total world domination is proceeding as planned.

(I came across this via StumbleUpon)

Oh, and another cool thing I hadn't come across before: "make htmldocs" in the kernel tree creates a fantastic tree of documentation


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