Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Personality a key to being a Linux kernel developer

I know this has been discussed ad nauseam on how cruel the exchanges can be on the LKML. And, there is no doubt that one must display the right personality to thrive in the Linux kernel development environment. You can see what happens periodically when Con Kolivas recently decided to back away from his Linux kernel involvement.

Joe Barr of has a great little exchange with Linus Torvalds on how he handles criticism from other kernel developers. You can find that exchange here . As you can see, it is imperative that you take any criticism with a grain of salt. Provide your argument and be done with it. If you are the type that holds a grudge, you might find it difficult to thrive in this environment. The cruel world of Linux kernel development, but what a wonderful world it is!

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