Tag: Linus Torvalds
The year of Linux on the desktop?
For many who work or research in the industry, desktop computers have an “end of history” feel about them. The improvements in technology that allow chip makers to double the number of transistors in a given area of silicon every 18 – 24 months are still there but “Moore’s Law” as we understand it –…
No (well, not much) kernel hacking on a Sunday
These days it is possible to host the Linux kernel on GitHub and their tools reveal some interesting things about the pattern of kernel hacking (or at least of kernel committing.) The “punchcard” tool shows what times commits are made. And here it is for the Linux kernel: It seems that kernel hacking is pretty…
Richard Stallman plainly lacks any sense of irony
Richard Stallman (aka “RMS” or the “last of the true hackers” according to Steven Levy’s classic book) is a great, but very difficult, man. His strops and sulks about Linus Torvalds should not blind us to the fact that he does have a serious and valid point when he insists that what most people call…