Re: [OT] linux article with kernel references

From: John Alvord (
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 19:23:39 EST

On Wed, 11 Oct 2000 02:06:52 +0200 (MET DST), Roman Zippel
<> wrote:

>On Wed, 11 Oct 2000, Alan Cox wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> > good article, several unfortunate truths within.
>> Really, must be a wrong URL you posted then 8)
>> The average Linux kernel hacker right now is late 20's to early 30's with
>> a degree and working professionally on the kernel
>The article isn't that wrong, that several people get paid now for hacking
>doesn't change much. It's more about proper software engineering, some
>people call it "a matter of taste" and are born with it, but for other
>people it's a hard learning process.

The opinion piece is also (probably) about non-kernel software. It is
hard to tell because he gives no examples at all. It was not
pursuasive to me. I've seen terrible code on every system from IBM
mainframes to Mac. That is not news.

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