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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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  • Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mensa Babe (675349) * on Monday September 05, 2011 @09:00AM (#37307768) Homepage Journal

    I clicked the link and here's what I got: "Server Error 500 - An unexpected error seems to have occurred. Why not try refreshing your page? Or you can contact us if the problem persists." with a cute parallax scrolling animation of GitHub logo falling down the Grand Canion. I've never seen 500 error on GitHub before.

    Linus writes: "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?"

    Why not? Because you just broke GitHub! That's why!

    And now let's all remain silent while the instant, distributed, cpu-intensive, encrypted https slashdotting of GitHub starts in 3... 2... 1...

  • Re:Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot@@@hackish...org> on Monday September 05, 2011 @09:06AM (#37307794)

    I'm not sure if you meant this specifically, but as a nitpick, https itself is hardly CPU-intensive these days [imperialviolet.org]. GitHub might be doing CPU-intensive stuff to service requests, but if so, it's more likely to have something to do with their backend than with https.

  • by whiteboy86 (1930018) on Monday September 05, 2011 @09:34AM (#37307936)
    Linux kernel is very mature at this point, but some basic functionalities like HAL (hardware abstraction layer) are not present and not even planned. Linus is perhaps happy with the current 3.x state of Linux, but lots of people demand more.. I recently ventured to ReactOS website and have seen lots of activity in the SVN. This is maybe thanks to Google Summer of Code 2011 ReactOS involvement, lots of commits on daily basis in the trunk now, the project seams to be getting in motion again.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 05, 2011 @09:40AM (#37307972)

    Here is an overview [wikipedia.org] of hosting facilities.

    Others do seem more capable.

  • by hedwards (940851) on Monday September 05, 2011 @12:11PM (#37308970)

    And don't forget that if you decide to upgrade from a single core processor to a multicore processor that there's an incredibly annoying procedure that involves doing a repair installation just to activate the other cores. Which I've had to do in the past and it's not fun, all because MS doesn't feel like providing a reasonable way of doing it.

  • by DaleGlass (1068434) on Monday September 05, 2011 @01:32PM (#37309482) Homepage

    In such a case, I do not care for what you make.

    Seriously, if Linux won't support it out of the box, I'm not buying it. Got burned before with printers that only work on specific versions of Windows before, not going to have that again.

    I only make an exception for 3D drivers and will stop doing that as soon as I can switch to an open driver.

Never trust a computer you can't repair yourself.

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