Three months is long term for me: Torvalds

Summary:Linus Torvalds said he tends to not plan further than three months into the future.In a video interview at Linux.

Linus Torvalds said he tends to not plan further than three months into the future.

In a video interview at in Sydney earlier this week, Torvalds said: "Some people have five year plans. I don't even have one year plans. My plans tend to be on the order of a couple of months, which also ends up being the release cycle of the kernel these days.

"I look at the problems we have today. Instead of trying to solve the problems one year from now it's like, 'what are the most pressing concerns'," he added.

Torvalds also talked about why "unfriendly" kernel developers are making it more difficult attracting new blood. Click here to see this three minute video.

In addition, he revealed he was surprised by the resilience of the 2.6 Linux kernel to "invasive" changes. Click here to watch the two minute video clip.

He also spoke about why the kernel is "special". For this one minute video clip, click here.

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Topics: Open Source, Linux


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