Some idle comments about Linus' e-mail response and Linux
Posted Mar 1, 2007 5:31 UTC (Thu) by pr1268
Parent article: Quote of the week
Having read Linus' reply, I kind of get why Linux has been so successful: It's the quality assurance model of hundreds of skilled developers with good taste all looking out for each other. A network of trust has been built amongst some of the more experienced kernel hackers (People such as Andrew, Greg, Alan, Theodore, Adrian, Al, and others come to mind) who are given a bigger share of responsibility for ensuring the quality of the kernel code remains high.
Plus, it seems anytime Linus' comments get posted on LWN, it's often a rant or tirade about sloppy kernel programming (if not about some marketing or legal blunder that negatively impacts Linux [i.e. DRM, etc.]). This is not meant as criticism. In fact, I bookmark a lot of these posts because Linus generally has nothing but adroit, intelligent advice on programming, operating system theory, and computers in general. I gather that Linux also owes much of its success to the idea that many FLOSS community members respect Linus for his expert knowledge. I certainly do.
Enough with the Linus-gushing. I know the difference between skilled and unskilled kernel programming, but can someone give me an example of bad taste in programming? ;-)
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