Open source identity: Linux founder Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds is a regular visitor to Australia in January. He comes out for some sunshine and to attend the annual linux.conf.au organised by Linux Australia. He took some time out to speak to Rodney Gedda about a host of topics including point releases, filesystems and what it is like switching to GNOME. He also puts Windows 7 in perspective.
It's 2009 and Linux development is approaching 20 years. How do you look back at the past two decades?
I feel like its very natural and I don't think it will go away. I have a suspicion I will be doing this for a long time and there is no feeling of "it is done".
I don't have a feeling to pass it on [maintenance of the Linux kernel], but I let the people I trust make the decisions. I can't second-guess them as it wouldn't work and I would waste a lot of people's time. All the sub-maintainers sync their git trees with the main code and I check they haven't done something horrible, but that's rare.
In recent years there have been more "point releases" than major version upgrades, how is this going?