Linus calls Linux 'bloated and huge'

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 22, 2009 2:02 AM EDT
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Linux creator Linus Torvalds says the open source kernel has become "bloated and huge," with no midriff-slimming diet plan in sight. During a roundtable discussion at LinuxCon in Portland, Oregon this afternoon, moderator and Novell distinguished engineer James Bottomley asked Tovalds whether Linux kernel features were being released too fast, before the kernel is stabilized. Citing an internal Intel study that tracked kernel releases, Bottomley said Linux performance had dropped about two per centage points at every release, for a cumulative drop of about 12 per cent over the last ten releases. "Is this a problem?" he asked. "We're getting bloated and huge. Yes, it's a problem," said Torvalds.

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kernel AwesomeTux 5 971 Sep 23, 2009 10:07 AM
I wonder what this means exactly montezuma 19 974 Sep 23, 2009 8:22 AM
Kernel "bloat", efficiency of new versions. Bob_Robertson 10 2,032 Sep 22, 2009 7:55 PM

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