Where Is the Linux Kernel Going?
For the immediate future, stablizing new features is the order of the day, but after that, power management takes center stage.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.Last week, at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit held at the Googleplex, some of Linuxs top kernel developers discussed the state of the Linux kernel today and where it might be going. Among the kernel developers present were Andrew Morton, James Bottomley, Chris Wright, Ted Tso and Greg Kroah-Hartman. About the only top Linux kernel developer who wasnt present was Linus Torvalds, the originator of the kernel. In a panel discussion chaired by Jon Corbett, a Linux developer himself and editor of LWN.net, the group took on many contentious issues. After introductions, in which the quiet Morton unexpectedly added a note of levity by remarking that "If you dont know who I am you shouldnt be here," Corbett started the panel off by asking, "Is the quality of the current kernel [Linux 2.6.21] horrific?"
Many in Linux development circles felt that too many "not ready for prime time" features were added in the 2.6.21 kernel. Such features included the introduction of the "tickless" kernel and a new IDE (integrated drive electronics) sub-system, along with major changes in how Linux deals with ACPI (advanced configuration and power interface).