Robert Pogson

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Linus Torvalds: Linux 3.7

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Linus Torvalds: Linux 3.7

“From Linus Torvalds
Date Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:59:50 -0800
Subject Linux 3.7

Whee. After an extra rc release, 3.7 is now out. After a few more trials at fixing things, in the end we ended up reverting the kswapd changes that caused problems. And with the extra rc, I had decided to risk doing the buffer.c cleanups that would otherwise have just been marked for stable during the next merge window, and had enough time to fix a few problems that people found there too.

see LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 3.7.

It has been quite a ride. The first Linux kernel I used was 2.2 way back in 2000. It worked first time and every time for me. I have watched the kernel grow, become mature and diversified. It’s just an amazing thing, like a big beautiful tree. Unlike me, having passed my prime more than a few years ago, Linux just keeps improving, forever young. Like our children, impossible to know just how far they will go, Linux will go on to do great things and may outlive us all.

8 Comments

  1. dougman

    Re: Is that camouflaged wishful thinking?

    Not at all, Linux was created around the same time as Windows 3 came out and was conceived with security in mind, instead of an afterthought and subsequently patched for lack thereof.

  2. pogson

    MK wrote, “there would have been no reason to create Linux”.

    Linux was started ~1991. At any price of that other OS, Linux was technically superior, a true multi-user/multi-tasking OS when that other OS relied on DOS. If GNU/Linux had salesmen around 1994, that other OS would have been in trouble at least on servers. Wait a minute, it was. M$ needed exclusive dealing and very restrictive licences to leverage its monopoly into the 21st century. However, M$ has only been able to delay software freedom. About 2011 the end was near. It looks like 2013 could be nothing but a down-slope for M$ on clients and servers.

  3. eug

    “Imagine what would have happened if Bill released Windows for free!”

    Free as in free speech or free as in free beer?

    Due to the use of non-licenced copies, windoze is free as in free beer…

    If it was released GPL perhaps it could have a better coding. Less or no malware. Peer review…

  4. MK

    “Imagine what would have happened if Bill released Windows for free!”

    Everyone would have used Windows, and there would have been no reason to create Linux. Is that what you imply? Is that camouflaged wishful thinking?

  5. dougman

    Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though,” Gates told an audience at the University of Washington. “And as long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/apr/09/business/fi-micropiracy9

  6. Lord Penguin

    Imagine what would have happened if Bill released Windows for free!

    He did. It’s called piracy.

  7. dougman

    One cannot out give the universe, the more you give, the more you will receive in return.

    Linus, by giving away his software, the Finnish programmer earned a place in history. Imagine what would have happened if Bill released Windows for free!

  8. Lord Penguin

    It worked first time and every time for me.

    That’s your dementia at work, Bob.

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