Theo de Raadt claims Linux is garbage

Posted on Friday, Jun 17 2005 @ 18:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Theo de Raadt, an open source pioneer and huge supporter of free software, said to Fortune that he doesn't like Linux. He claims the Linux operating system is terrible, he says everyone uses it but they don't realize how bad it is.

He further adds that the Linux people will just stick with it and add to it rather than stepping back and saying, 'This is garbage and we should fix it'.

De Raadt is a developer of OpenBSD, an operating system based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) distribution of Unix. He states major companies like HP and IBM have partly supported Linux distributions instead of Unix to gain profit from turning Linux hackers into unpaid workforce.
"These companies used to have to pay to develop Unix. They had in-house engineers who wrote new features when customers wanted them. Now they just allow the user community to do their own little hacks and features, trying to get to the same functionality level, and they're just putting pennies into it," De Raadt says.
De Raadt also claims his 60-person team of Unix programmers can chunk out better code than the 'slapdash' Linux movement.
"I think our code quality is higher, just because that's really a big focus for us," De Raadt says. "Linux has never been about quality. There are so many parts of the system that are just these cheap little hacks, and it happens to run." As for Linus Torvalds, who created Linux and oversees development, De Raadt says, "I don't know what his focus is at all anymore, but it isn't quality."
Linus Torvals replied to the interview saying De Raadt is difficult. He refused to comment further. Read more of the interview at Forbes


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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