Linux Creator Calls Backporting Good Thing

SUSE doesn't think that moving features from the Linux 2.6 kernel to 2.4, a policy followed by Red Hat, is a good idea, but Linus Torvalds approves of it.

The creator of the Linux operating system, Linus Torvalds, has weighed in on the issue of backporting features from newer Linux kernels into older ones, calling the practice a good thing for the most part.

Torvalds comments, in an e-mail interview with, came after SUSES CTO, Juergen Geck, told an audience at the Real World Linux Conference in Toronto that Red Hats practice of backporting features from the 2.6 kernel into the 2.4 Kernel is a "bad thing" because it interferes with standardization of the open source operating system.

The comments sparked discussions in the open source community. When asked by e-mail to comment for, Torvalds wrote:

"I think it makes sense from a company standpoint to basically cherry-pick stuff from the development version that they feel is important to their customers. And in that sense I think the back-porting is actually a very good thing."

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