Linus Torvalds: 'Linux is bloated'

Jamon Camisso jamon.camisso-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at
Tue Sep 22 22:25:20 UTC 2009

Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 01:29:35PM -0400, Jamon Camisso wrote:
>> If you had to support as much hardware as the kernel does, you'd be  
>> bloated too no? Moreover, OSX isn't so tiny either compared to a Debian  
>> kernel and my initrd:
>> jamon at phaedrus ~ $ ls -alh /mnt/mach_kernel
>> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9.9M 2008-09-03 14:32 /mnt/mach_kernel
> That's the i386+ppc version.  It's about half that for one architecture.
> Still, 4MB is a lot for a microkernel isn't it?

True. Though 64bit Linux can run x86 code so.. :)

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