what Hans is right about
Posted Jul 28, 2006 16:48 UTC (Fri) by pimlott
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I don't follow lkml and don't have the full context for this, but Hans does in his way point out an unfortunate aspect of Linux development. Rather like wikipedia, Linux tends to discount and even disparage expertise. As Linus himself puts it, Linux was not designed, it evolved. Linux developers are only willing to consider immediate solutions to obvious problems, and while this helps maintain focus and avoid overengineering, it leaves out those with the talent and experience to design, to look ahead and address the problems that haven't been encountered yet but will. "Show me the code" is the stifling response to design discussions that become the least bit abstract. Dare I say it, but while the core developers may not have the background and aptitude for such discussion (the numerous short-sighted decisions in Linux's history attest to this), there are those who do. If Linux could benefit from their insights, it would improve much faster.
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