From the dorm room of a geeky Finnish Computer Science student 20 years ago to powering a majority of all the web servers and more than 90% of the fastest supercomputers today, Linux has come a very long way.
This year marks the start of the third decade of Linux development and to mark the third decade, Linux 3.0 is coming in about seven weeks. At the LinuxCon 2011, which took place in Japan, Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman sat down to talk about Linux how much it has achieved in the last two decades, the kernel development process, Linux on desktop etc.
Linus Torvalds is the person who started Linux 20 years ago and Greg Kroah-Hartman is the developer who currently maintains the stable branch of the Linux kernel.
At 47 minutes, the video is a bit long but it is certainly worth watching for any Linux enthusiasts. (Click here if the embedded video does not work.)
Here are some interesting things Linus Torvalds said:
We are doing really well on the low-end and we are doing very well on the high-end. The desktop is … we have all the applications now. It is just a difficult market to get into.
– Linus Torvalds on Linux on desktop
2.6 has been there for eight years and it’s become kind of meaningless.
– Linus Torvalds on why he ended Linux 2.6
It speeded up enormously. We’ve had 40% performance increase. That is unheard of. But there is no new feature. There is no new interface for users. There is nothing new going on. It is doing the same old thing that everybody does millions of time a second.
– Linus Torvalds on his favorite feature (file system management)