Posted Dec 1, 2011 22:16 UTC (Thu) by geuder (subscriber, #62854)
Parent article: Quotes of the week
How many users are able to configure their own kernel? Is it realistic to assume that the number will grow in future? Does Linus want to reduce the number of Linux users even further? At least on the desktop we are a often neglected minority already. The quote might be taken out of context, but I have serious trouble to understand what he wants to achieve here.
Of course distro kernels are bloated from each indivual machine's poimt of view. But what's the alternative? Sounds a bit like the old argument that compilers are evil, because good assembler progrmmers can produce slimmer code.
If the kernel community were serios about this they would need to develop some autoconfiguration + automatic build type of "mega JIT" system, so the naive user could get his custom kernel built and even rebuilt later on the fly. Maybe not completely infeasible, but still lightyears from reality. And as I wrote, I don't get the point.