GeekSpeak: September 16, 2002

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-09-16 Print this article Print

Linux 2.5 IDE development effort collapses.

The next version of Linux suffered a major setback in mid-August with the sudden announcement that the head IDE developer, Marcin Dalecki, was leaving the development effort and that all his IDE code was being thrown out.

Theres still mystery around the reasons for this, although Dalecki had been under steady criticism by some other kernel developers frustrated at IDE features being summarily removed or their file systems getting corrupted because of IDE code development breakage. The Linux kernel mailing list is a harsh and unforgiving forum.

The real surprise was that Linus Torvalds threw away all the IDE development that Dalecki had done (115 patches during six months) and reverted the Linux 2.5 kernel to the IDE code in the current shipping Linux 2.4 version.

The IDE effort is being resurrected, starting with the current 2.4 code base, which is largely managed by kernel developer Alan Cox. Whatever the result, IDE improvements will now not be high on the list of major enhancements coming in Linux 2.6.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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