Linux And The ‘B’ Word: Bloat

Article Source InformationWeek’s Open Source Weblog
September 22, 2009, 9:56 am

If Linus Torvalds himself is saying that the Linux kernel is bloated, something’s wrong. Or is it just a matter of expectations and perspective?

The ZDNet / Adrian Kingsley-Hughes blog post that relates Linus’s remarks also contains this observation:

… it is interesting to see how open source is vulnerable to the same problems associated with bloat in the same way that commercial projects are. What I think is interesting is how as Linux has become bloated, both Microsoft and Apple have been working hard at optimizing code and tidying up their code…

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