It Runs: Torvalds Pleased with Kernel Development and Git

Jun 12, 2009

Development of the next Kernel 2.6.31 has just begun, which leaves Linus Torvalds some time for blogging again. He's apparently in good spirits, at least as to the current source code management.

"Happiness is a warm SCM" is how Torvalds titled his blog entry of June 11. In it, the chief Linux maintainer raves about the current status of kernel development and the Git management system. He thought he might best post while in a good mood "before somebody sends me the merge request from hell."

Though no longer writing code, he's been busy with the "flow of patches" and keeping an eye on kernel release cycles. The last ones were particularly challenging because of the "messy history" in which they were presented. The x86 tree went through some ups and downs with different development models and their specific issues, but now "seems to be working."

Torvalds attributes some of the messiness to the total flexibility of Git, which gives developers enough rope to "hang themselves with if they want to." Apparently they (and here Torvalds includes himself) need some time to learn the Git rules to make them workable. Thus ends his blog: let it be so.

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