Is Linux becoming Windows?

Summary:Is Linux becoming like Windows, so overwhelmed with features that it's bloated?Some people are starting to think so.

Is Linux becoming like Windows, so overwhelmed with features that it's bloated?

Some people are starting to think so. There is support for so many features in the Linux 2.6 kernel that it may be getting so fat as to be unstable. (Just add one more feature. It's wafer-thin.)

Andrew Morton of OSDL, who currently maintains the 2.6 kernel, admits new features are being pumped-in at an enormous rate, but dismisses suggestions the kernel is becoming unstable as a result.  Most new features are optional and it up to those creating builds to decide whether they will be used.

Still, the result of that should be incompatibility among builds. If a feature you want isn't in the Linux you have, you may be creating internal incompatibilities by demanding it.

But what do you think? It's an inevitable question. Should the Linux kernel continue to trade feature-richness for speed and compatibility? Is there a way to have both?

Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Enterprise Software


Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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