Linus says bloat story is bloated by Slashdotters....

In this weeks FLOSS Weekly found here Randall Schwartz and Jono Bacon interviewed "Mr. Linux"  Linus Torvalds.  They covered a lot of interesting stuff including last weeks scandal around his comment that the Linux Kernel is bloated.  After listening to him describe in much more detail than I had see anywhere else what he meant it makes sense.  Linus believes that the once thin and trim kernel is getting larger becuase it has to and not becuase anyone wants it to.  The bloat he describes is around how things are secured which he doesn't seem to believe should be removed.  He seemed to be hinting that he may be trying to find a way to make the kernel more effecient about how it does those types of calls.  He also discusses that with his GIT project he has seen how other OSes do it and still believes that Linux is doing it better.  Most of this is becuase of the lack of legacy software to work with.  I think you will find the interview interesting and fun.  It's less about the geeky kernel stuff and more about his history, what it's been like moving to the US, and the politics of and OpenSource life.  The part about how and why Linux is open souce is really something all companies should think about. 

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.