Linux sets the standard.
Posted Sep 23, 2005 23:05 UTC (Fri) by amikins
In reply to: Linux sets the standard.
Parent article: Reiser4 and kernel inclusion
An argument could be made that Linux is not there to innovate, but instead it's there to be as correct as possible.
Sometimes that means doing something new, but more often that means doing something old but with refinement.
In particular, as a 'UNIX clone', there's a lot of 'tried and true' concepts that largely get upheld in designing aspects of Linux. There's a consistent logic to what came before, and sometimes deviating from that is only inviting failure.. Not because the deviation in concept is itself bad, but because it doesn't mesh with everything else in place. Might as well start over at that point.
Besides.. Isn't it the job of the people who are responsible for its current and future state to decide what Linux is here to do?
And if you don't agree.. Well, download a tarball and either apply some patches from other folks or start coding yourself. Just remember that while the result may suit your desires and needs better that way, it's not "Linux" unless the folks currently in charge of Linux decide it is, at least until someone else takes over.
Welcome to open source.
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