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Linux becomes “bloated and huge” Linus Torvalds

During a roundtable discussion at LinuxCon in Portland, Linux creator Linus Torvalds says the open source kernel has become “bloated and huge,” with no midriff-slimming diet plan in sight. Asked what the community is doing to solve this, he balked. “Uh, I’d love to say we have a plan,” Torvalds replied to applause and chuckles from the audience. “I mean, sometimes it’s a bit sad that we are definitely not the streamlined, small, hyper-efficient kernel that I envisioned 15 years ago…The kernel is huge and bloated, and our icache footprint is scary. I mean, there is no question about that. And whenever we add a new feature, it only gets worse.” He maintains, however, that stability is not a problem. “I think we’ve been pretty stable,” he said. “We are finding the bugs as fast as we’re adding them — even though we’re adding more code,” reports.

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