Torvalds explains why the kernel is special

Torvalds explains why the kernel is special

Summary: In this one minute video, the creator and maintainer of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, explains what makes his pet project so special. On the second day of Linux.

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In this one minute video, the creator and maintainer of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, explains what makes his pet project so special.

On the second day of Linux.conf.au in Sydney, Linus Torvalds spoke about what makes coding the kernel different from creating "real" applications.

"I have always felt that the thing that makes the kernel special is it never does anything on its own ... It has no agenda. It is at the mercy of all the "real" programs that actually do something for the user.

"I try to see what are the issues that users have with programs and what are things that we in the kernel can help them do better," he said.

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.

To all Linux users, this video is presented in Flash 8 and has been tested successfully for use with Linux systems running the latest Flash plug-in for Linux (ver. 9.0). Currently, this version is not available from Adobe for those running 64-bit Linux.

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Topics: Open Source, Linux

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  • Flash?

    Interesting. If you actually "use" Linux you can't watch any of the Flash videos on this site. That's because it requires Flash 8 and above. Adobe never released Flash 8 for Linux and only just yesterday released Flash 9 for Linux.

    So if you haven't upgraded yet...you can't watch the video of Linus Torvalds talking about Linux.

    Dumb move ZDNet.
    anonymous
  • Flash?

    Interesting. If you actually "use" Linux you can't watch any of the Flash videos on this site. That's because it requires Flash 8 and above. Adobe never released Flash 8 for Linux and only just yesterday released Flash 9 for Linux.

    So if you haven't upgraded yet...you can't watch the video of Linus Torvalds talking about Linux.

    Dumb move ZDNet.
    anonymous
  • Flash

    You think version 9 is a problem, try running flash on a non x86 linux box (PPC, Spark or 64 bit anythimg). For this reason, flash reliant web sites are of little inteset to me.
    anonymous
  • Flash

    You think version 9 is a problem, try running flash on a non x86 linux box (PPC, Spark or 64 bit anythimg). For this reason, flash reliant web sites are of little inteset to me.
    anonymous