Re: The direction linux is taking

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 06:07:37 EST

On January 2, 2002 11:50 am, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Wednesday January 2, wrote:
> >
> > Yes, that's all +5 insightful, except... what makes you think any one of the
> > Linux core hackers is irreplaceable? I know you didn't say that, but you
> > did say 'single point of failure', and it amounts to the same thing.
> I think that the difference is that there is no planning to make sure
> that no-one is irreplaceable.

Right, it's like the difference between a planned economy and a capitalist
one. People find their own niches in the Linux heirarchy. Except for a few
'official' maintainer positions there is nobody doing any assigning. Surely
there is some irony in this.

> Sure people can be replaced, but it
> might take a while. A subsystem might be unmaintained (or
> under-maintained) for a while until some sucker^Wdeveloper puts their
> hand up. That isn't a situation that a "fortune 500 bureaucracy"
> would be able to tolerate. But we seem to cope.

Yep, we're just lucky ;)

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