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Linus Torvalds: DRM, GPL full of "hot air"

The ever-outspoken Linus Torvalds recently spoke his mind on a few tech topics, at the Linux.conf.au conference in Sydney. According to the Linux creator, both DRM and the GPL–current hot-button topics–will amount to little in the grand scheme of things. “I suspect–and I may not be right–(that) when it comes to things like DRM or licensing, people get really very excited about them. People have very strong opinions,” Torvalds said. “I think it is going to cause a lot of hot air; it’s …

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Top developers of Linux critique GPLv3

Some top Linux developers are taking Linus Torvalds’ side against supporting the new General Public License 3. The GPL is written by the Free Software Foundation’s Richard Stallman and it applies to a huge range of open-source software, not just Linux. But the Linux programmers say that GPL 3 clauses related to rights management and patents are inferior to the current GPL 2 and could actually weaken, not strengthen, the open-source movement as a whole.

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Linux biz kernel maintainer cites problems

Is there trouble with a capital T in Linux? Yes, according to Linux 2.6.x.y co-maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman. Despite scores of satisfied customers, from Novell to Red Hat, problems with the enterprise Linux kernel include infrequent updates, terrible power management, insufficient communication between vendors and the kernel braintrust and shutdown problems specific to mobile devices. There’s also the big issue of whether Linux knowledge is too centralized–what if something happens to …

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Linux kernel getting buggier, leader says

Linux code co-maintainer Andrew Morton said he and Linus Torvalds might cease writing new kernel code to concentrate on fixing bugs for a while. Microsoft did this a couple of years ago as well. “It seems we’re adding bugs at a higher rate than we’re fixing them,” he said. Another problem is that bug-fixing is a dull job which nobody wants to do. For more on the bugs:

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Linux lab mending fences with techies

Programmers aren’t always easy to get along with, and Linux programmers… we’ll be nice and say they are a particular sort. The Open Source Development Labs seems to agree. OSDL employs Linux founder Linus Torvalds and his right-hand man Andrew Morton, and now they’re forming an advisory board to help interface with Linux programmers worldwide. In the past, ideas reached OSDL primarily through mailing lists and emails, so now it will be a more formal process. That kind of organization …

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Linux desktop developers find commonality

More than two dozen desktop Linux distributors met recently to find common ground, as urged by kernel maintainer Linus Torvalds’ employer, the Open Source Development Labs. The result was Project Portland, which will be a group of standardized Linux software interfaces. That way developers don’t have to worry about which front-end shell is used with their programs. Portland will hopefully be ready in late 2006, officials said.

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Linux kernel update improves event monitoring

Linux kernel version 2.6.13 is just a few weeks away, Linus Torvalds said recently. Changes include a new file system monitoring tool called Inotify, an architecture called Xtensa for system-on-chip applications and software called Kexec, which can load one kernel from inside another. There are also some new I/O features. The top distributors say they’ll gradually support the new version, but most people are looking forward to the 2.7 release with Xen virtualization tools.

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Torvalds on stability vs. trailblazing

What is Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinking about recently? For starters, he says he’s happy with the recent decision to branch off Linux bug fixes and feature development until they’re proven ready for inclusion in the main kernel. No 2.7 version is currently planned, but that could certainly happen if someone dreams up valuable new features, he said. Moreover, insiders say Torvalds has more trust recently in his sub-system maintainers, which could expedite Linux evolution.

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