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From: (Rich Deighton)
Subject: General Linux Development
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Keywords: linux development 
Organization: Network Designers Limited
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 1994 08:22:17 GMT
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Are there any far reaching goals for Linux such that there is a point where
the kernel is _finished_?  Will development just continue until the kernel
suffers from severe featuritus?  

Just a point that I found interesting to cogitate over and was hoping would 
spark off an interesting discussion.

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From: (Alan Cox)
Subject: Re: General Linux Development
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Keywords: linux development 
Organization: Institute For Industrial Information Technology
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 1994 12:41:02 GMT
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In article <> (Rich Deighton) writes:
>Are there any far reaching goals for Linux such that there is a point where
>the kernel is _finished_?  Will development just continue until the kernel
>suffers from severe featuritus?  

Featuritis is one thing I hope it doesn't develop. It's also one reason why
getting the kernel more modular important. Having a driver for everything
is all well and good so long as they can be downloaded seperately. The core
kernel certainly is far from finished in all respects. It lacks enough
loadable module support, the buffer cache needs cleaning up to handle 
non blockmapped filesystems (like NFS), the scheduler is a walking disaster
area, and the 1.1.x network as will go into 1.2.0 has some very naive
assumptions about drivers and can't cleanly layer protocols (this lot is
under work - I guess people are working on some of the others too). Those
I don't see as featuritis but definite improvements. 

I guess one thing that would be a good general project for someone wanting
to go kernel hacking would be to read through all the code spot and clean
up duplication and switch and improve algorithms where they stand out as
bad (again the scheduler comes to mind). Like IBM have squashed OS/2 for
2.2, to squash Linux.

 // Alan Cox  //   //  GW4PTS@GB7SWN.#45.GBR.EU  //

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