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Linux Kernel Moves To Github 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-better-quarters-on-campus dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds has announced that he will be distributing the Linux kernel via Github until kernel.org servers are fully operational following the recent server compromise. From the announcement: 'But hey, the whole point (well, *one* of the points) of distributed development is that no single place is really any different from any other, so since I did a github account for my divelog thing, why not see how well it holds up to me just putting my whole kernel repo there too?'"
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Linux Kernel Moves To Github

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  • Re:Just saying. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 05, 2011 @08:12AM (#37307838)

    Can we just agree that both are awesome and ClearCase _really_ sucks?

    *frustrated user*

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 05, 2011 @08:40AM (#37307974)

    Why is HAL such a good idea?

    I know that I can move a Linux installation image from one machine to another without a glitch, while Windows (which has a HAL) fails miserably if the source and destination machine vary in any non-trivial way.

  • by JasterBobaMereel (1102861) on Monday September 05, 2011 @08:50AM (#37308026)

    A HAL theoretically makes the system portable, but Linux does not have one (normally) and is still quite portable, and Windows has one, and is not ...?

    Reactos does not appear to have a HAL (unlike the Windows it is modelled on) but has been ported to other architectures anyway ?

  • Part of this is because there seems to be far fewer Slashdot readers than in the past. The stupider ones have moved to Digg, reddit and Hacker News, apparently

    While I will admit there have been many Slashdot readers who have moved to other websites, I think the issue here is more that as a percentage of the web community Slashdot no longer is the dominate community of discussion. This is more because there simply are fewer geeks running around on the web any more as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other "social media" sites have more ordinary non-geek people.... any one of which can also post a link going viral that will dwarf anything Slashdot would ever produce. Many of the larger websites routinely expect a large number of visitors for some things they post, and can more than compensate for what happens when they become the focus of a lot of people at once.

    Slashdot will still bring a huge number of visitors to a site and for somebody doing a homebrew website it can be a big deal, but I'd agree that due to improvements in hardware and better software management there isn't nearly so much of a problem any more.

  • by jimicus (737525) on Monday September 05, 2011 @10:29AM (#37308632)

    ReactOS suffers from two huge problems:

    1. It's still in alpha stage and it's aiming at a moving target. The idea is it will eventually be broadly equivalent to Windows XP/2003 - I confidently predict that by the time it becomes even remotely stable, we will look upon XP/2003 in much the same way as we look upon NT 3.51 today.

    2. Patents. We've seen what happens when a disruptive Linux-based product comes on the market with Android - everybody and his dog is suing Google. The fact that Linux doesn't try to ape Windows - combined with support from the likes of IBM - has kept Linux on the server relatively free from lawsuits (with the obvious exception of SCO) - ReactOS doesn't have anywhere near the level of support from large commercial organisations; I can't imagine many smaller companies wanting to publicly support something that is essentially painting a big target on its back and shouting "Hey, Microsoft! Aim here!".

  • Re:Just saying. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by underqualified (1318035) on Monday September 05, 2011 @10:34AM (#37308678)
    There's this little project called Firefox that uses Mercurial. You might have heard of them.

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