An interview with Linus Torvalds
Posted Jul 3, 2003 0:32 UTC (Thu) by mbp
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Well, to some extent this can be done by setting different options or merging non-Linus patches. Distributors are probably the right people to do this, not Linus. For example, RedHat give you a different kernel in the desktop-oriented install rather than the server-oriented install, and Gentoo by default uses a 2.4 with patches for better interactive/desktop performance. End users should not need to recompile.
We don't want too much divergence though. Eventually it ought to be possible to have a single codebase that builds for both systems, but as development proceeds different patches can favor one over the other.
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