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Torvalds on where Linux is heading in 2008

In an interview with the IT news magazine, InformationWeek Linus Torvalds speaks on where Linux is heading in 2008. He says that he is very gung-ho about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualization despite his personal lack of interest in the area.

Here’s an excerpt of the interview:


InformationWeek: Is Linux kernel development proceeding faster than Windows Server development?

Torvalds: I’m the wrong person to ask, for multiple reasons. First off, I’m somewhat biased, of course. But the other reason is that I don’t even know — or really care — how Windows Server development actually proceeds, so how could I even compare and make an intelligent point?

I simply don’t use Microsoft products, not because I hate them, but because they aren’t interesting to me.

InformationWeek: In your opinion, where does Linux shine versus Windows? Reliability? Virtualization?

Torvalds: I think the real strength of Linux is not in any particular area, but in the flexibility. For example, you mention virtualization, and in some ways that’s a really excellent example, because it’s not only an example of something where Linux is a fairly strong player, but more tellingly, it’s an example where there are actually many different approaches, and there is no one-size-fits-all “One True Virtualization” model.

InformationWeek: Do you think there is any way Microsoft patent holders, or lawyers can take direct aim at the kernel development process and impede it?

Torvalds: I really don’t know. I don’t think they can impede the technology, and I really don’t think there is anything real behind that whole intellectual property FUD machine. But nearly infinite amounts of money certainly goes a long way.

Read the complete interview at InformationWeek

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