Linus Torvalds: 'Linux is bloated'

Jon VanAlten vanaltj-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Tue Sep 22 20:56:39 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Darryl Moore <darryl-90a536wCiRb3fQ9qLvQP4Q at> wrote:

> :-)
> Sorry Jon I didn't RTFA.

No need to be, and you're better off keeping it that way!  ;-)

> Does the blog refer to Linux in terms of a
> distribution or in terms of a kernel?

Well from what I can tell Linus was talking in a round table about the
kernel, but the blog (whose author makes me want to tear my hair out
frequently, and which I am sure was purely based on the short article I
linked) made it out to be referring to distributions, or at the least was
not clear about it and then used it to segue into his own commentary about
bloat in distros.  For folks not truly familiar with Linux or the internals
of operating systems in general, which surely there are some such folks in
the set of CNET readers, my thought is that people would think it was the
whole system becoming bloated.  Which is the root of my problems with the
post.  (note my problem is with Asay and not the Michael who posted it to
this list!!)

Also notably missing from Asay's blog post was the part where Linus stated
that the size and performance bloat in the kernel was "unacceptable but it's
also probably unavoidable".

Myself I'd like to do some googling tonight and see if I can find a more
complete record of the round table, see who else was on the panel and what
interesting tidbits might be there.

> That's the only reason I was splitting semantic hairs.
Really, no worries!  :D
It's always good to be checked for clarity.

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