How could it be otherwise, one of the star talks LinuxCon Europe 2013 was led by the father of the child, Linus Torvalds , which recently talked about in these pages by maintaining a complaint against Fedora. And how could it be otherwise, made several headlines after passing through the stage of those who realize below.Linus
actually spoke of many things, starting with kernel development and change in the release schedule (from version 3.0), and to publish a new version every three months, or nine or ten weeks, allowing developers to take time to do things right. “Do not hurry with code ” said Torvalds. “ Sure it works well and is well designed. Do not worry about the time. “
Following this, you ask one of those questions that many young Linux developers have ever done how maintainer becomes a component of the kernel? “
One of the most important things for a maintainer not being a super-engineer can resolve all problems. The most important thing is most responsive maintainers and people can rely on to be there always “, Linus responds.
The talk continues and speaks a little of this and a little of that (like I sleep very well at night, the technical problems will not lose sleep because “if something good has the technology, is that if you do something really you can fix stupid, “or you can not do anything to educate manufacturers who do not do things right, which is also harmful to them) and so are more questions with more juice. For example, do you think the progress desktop Linux .
“ started with Linux because I wanted to use on the desktop ” comments. “ Linux is doing wonderfully well in many different areas and I’m still disappointed and something people have heard me complain about the fact that Linux on the desktop is bogged down with infighting and people who do wrong … And I think it’s because of the kernel, I think we are doing reasonably well “.
“commercial There are drawbacks that make it more difficult ,” he continues, “ so, yes, you can sell one billion phones, but sell Linux desktops billion is more difficult , do not misunderstand me. But I have the hope that the people of the desktop [speaking of distributions and desktop environments] try to work together and to do so in the technical instead of making a nicer login screen “.
Just the day before the conference launched the new version of OS X, ‘Maverick’, published as a free upgrade. They ask for it, if you think you will have any impact on Linux: “ One reason why I use the term Open Source and not ‘free software’ … one of them is purely political and the other is that in the English people get confused with the word ‘free’ [free or free in English]. The fact that Apple does not charge for its system is completely irrelevant , also pay for the hardware anyway. Do not think that Linux impact at all, no. “
“What do you think of the arrival of the games to Linux?” asks someone in the audience. “Loved Steam announcement. I really think it’s an opportunity that might help to the desktop. What I like Steam ad in particular is that it is a company with a vision of how to make things and I think that many other sellers will force close … and I mean not only hardware vendors , I’m not just saying this will help attract ‘the types of graphics’, I think it also forces the different distributions to realize if this is the path that Steam is going, we need to do the same because we can afford to be different in this regard because we want people to play games on our platform. That is the best model of standardization . I think it’s interesting to see the announcement of Steam from that point of view “.
Changing third, Linus remembers the old days and explains how ten years ago, before starting to make money by developing Linux, you had to resist going to work in a company or other to remain neutral, and how far, the pay of the Linux Foundation, the situation has improved since not represent competition for any company , but act as a third party with which everyone is comfortable.
this, Linus has become rich? When do you plan to retire? “ I’m not Bill Gates, but I managed to buy my own house and take my kids to school “, answered first. As for retirement, as always: “ different things I used to do, but I still like what I do. If you ever become bored or I have the feeling that I can not with it, then it will be when I retire “, concludes.
domináis If you fancy and a little English, we leave you with the video of the full talk: