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How Linux was developed

From: Ognyan Kulev
Subject: How Linux was developed
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 09:59:28 +0300
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Jan Atle Ramsli wrote:
If today it was decided to throw away every line of code, delete it all
and use the gained experience to specify a new Hurd, write down
everything, and when finished, spend 6 months building a specification
documents, oulining the system as a whole, what modules it consisted of,
what the pupose of each module was to be, and specify each modules'
functionality as an ADT, the Hurd would probably be in beta one year
after the ducument was published.

In the early days of Linux it was easier for kernel developers: *nix is
very well documented and all you have to do is think about how something
can be implemented, sit, code and debug.  Mach and Hurd are so different
that before you even think about implementing something you must read
many documents (much of it source code) and feel comfortable with details that are not popular amongst vast majority of developers.

This is one of our problems in improving Hurd.

Ognyan Kulev <>, "\"Programmer\""

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