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Linus on Linux, 20 Years In 197

Posted by timothy
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Radium_ writes "Along with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Linux kernel, Linuxfr — a French-language Linux website — published an interview with Linus Torvalds. [Interview in English.] The creator of Linux answers questions about Linux kernel licensing, his contributions to the kernel development model and Linux in 2031."
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Linus on Linux, 20 Years In

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  • by klapaucjusz (1167407) on Thursday May 05, 2011 @05:25PM (#36041402) Homepage

    IOn a serious note, how is Year 2038 being dealt with?

    64-bit arches are already not vulnerable, since time_t is 64 bits there.

    If there are any 32-bit arches left in 2038, we'll deal with them in the same way we dealt with the 2GB limitation for file size: by defining new 64-bit datatypes (time64_t, struct timespec64, etc.) and a set of new system calls (time64, gettimeofday64, etc.), and allowing the C headers to transparently map the old names to the new system calls (as with -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64).

    --jch

  • by jedidiah (1196) on Thursday May 05, 2011 @05:28PM (#36041434) Homepage

    Not at all.

    Just watch a Mad Max movie.

    The BSD is fine if you want some robber baron to exploit your work and lock you out of the end result. Otherwise, the GPL makes more sense. Despite of all of the noise from the BSD trolls, RMS did not create the GPL out of some deep seated need to overthrow capitalism. He created it because he started out with a more naieve approach to licensing and then had to deal with angry contributors when that first Robber Baron wannabe came along.

    The GPL was created to keep CONTRIBUTORS happy. It was created so that the guys doing the actual work, the coders, would not get upset when the next Apple or Microsoft came along.

    Guys like Linux have to deal with guys like Alan Cox.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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