Linux Kernel Whackos: Drop Everything But ARM

2012-Sep-13 | Tags: developmentkernelversusx86

Linux on ARMIt's not even Friday yet, but there's more awkward entertainment today at the expense of Linux kernel trolls. The latest in the series of weird messages hitting the Linux kernel mailing list is a proposal to drop support for all CPU architectures but ARM and a new "invisible" file-system feature.

There's been a string of messages on the kernel mailing list lately from alleged trolls requesting various functionality be removed from the mainline kernel or other weird changes that don't make too much common sense: Linux doesn't need x86 32-bit support, Linux doesn't need keyboard support, and then last Friday was Linux doesn't need multi-monitor, multi-user, Ethernet, and optical drive support.

Well, for what it's worth, the latest proposal is that the Linux kernel abandon all CPU support except for ARM. In addition, Linux file-system access should be "invisible" to the user, similar to how the iPhone manages / "protects" its files.


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