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Torvalds Warns Linux is Getting Bloated

More Functionality, More Size

September 22, 2009

As the Linux kernel is becoming increasingly larger and more complex, Linux founder Linus Torvalds says his job is getting easier. Speaking on a panel at the LinuxCon conference, Torvalds told the audience that kernel development model is working better now than ever.

But Torvalds added that there are still areas for improvement and provided a very pointed comment about the current size of the Linux kernel.

"We're getting bloated, yes it's a problem," Torvalds said. "I'd love to say we have a plan. I mean, sometimes it's a bit sad and we're definitely not the streamlined hyper-efficient kernel that I had envisioned 15 years ago. The kernel is huge and bloated."

He added that whenever the kernel adds a new feature the problem gets worse. That said, he didn't think that features are being added too fast and said that developers are finding bugs quickly.

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