Linux kernel 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton shares some insights in this short interview in preparation to FOSDEM 2007.
Help people understand what the kernel team are working on, how they do it, what'll be happening over the next year.
My crufty old patch-management scripts:
I am serving as an expert witness for the IBM side. I'm not supposed to tell you ;)
Basically unchanged. I see a large number of bug reports go past, quite a lot of them are recently-added bugs and I don't believe that we're putting sufficient effort into resolving them.
Public testing: Linus's kernel is available on the kernel.org servers for about two months during the -rc phase of the release and thousands of people test it and report on any lems (we hope).
Pretty much as it has over the past few years: steady, but rapid evolution.
It's coming together. I'd expect support for Xen's "Domain U" function to be merged in 2.6.21 or 2.6.22.
Pretty good, I think. One of the reasons I retain a relationship with OSDL (Now the Linux Foundation) is that they facilitate contacts between myself and the industry.
I'll only be in Brussels for a couple of days.
Firewire doesn't have a happy history - it's been fairly unreliable for quite some time. But Stefan Richter has been doing a wonderful job of maintaining it in the past year and I think things are getting better there.
Nothing magical. A lot of Google's machines run rather old kernels and the company is making an effort to update, and to stay closer to mainline.
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