Why Linux isn't attracting young developers

Tony Guntharp fusion94 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 16:31:32 UTC 2010


That's a fair assessment. The kernel has no progressed to the point
where it's stable and mature. Besides kids today want to work on
what's sexy and cool and trust me, kernel development isn't either.

-t

Tony Guntharp
Co-Founder SourceForge.net
1 (415) 694-3732



On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 09:29, Robyn Bergeron <robyn.bergeron at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:17 AM, Tony Guntharp <fusion94 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This article primarily relates to Kernel development. The real issue
>> is that kernel development is in fact "hard". It's generally far more
>> difficult that anything you learn in school/university and most
>> developers don't get to the skill level required to work on the kernel
>> until they've been in the corporate workforce for years solving real
>> problems not theoretical ones.
>
> Well - and as is pointed out - the kernel wasn't this complicated back
> when many of the developers were -in college- (or their early careers,
> etc). If they were confronted then with what one is facing now as a
> beginning kernel dev... it would be a whole different story.
>
> There are also significantly more places to contribute now than 15+
> years ago; people aren't as focused on "making my computer work" as
> they are on "i want this XYZ application of mine to work."  I think
> the problem is really that very few people think about how they could
> further enhance how things work, fundamentally, when they're - for the
> most part - generally happy with how things are working now.
>
>
>
>
>>
>> -t
>>
>> Tony Guntharp
>> Co-Founder SourceForge.net
>> 1 (415) 694-3732
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 09:13, Jan Wildeboer <jwildebo at redhat.com> wrote:
>>> The *real* problem however is that young people hardly see any benefit in
>>> becoming a develoiper. With universities that effectively are microsoft gold
>>> resellers, with twitter, Facebook, Apple telling them that it still all is
>>> AOL' 95, why should they care?
>>>
>>> ;-)
>>>
>>> Jan
>>>
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>>> Sent: Wed Apr 21 12:07:17 2010
>>> Subject: Why Linux isn't attracting young developers
>>>
>>>
>>>  Though this seems to be a very specific article, it is still valid, and
>>> the most interesting is actually the replies its having.
>>>
>>> http://linux.slashdot.org/story/10/04/18/1557220/Why-Linux-Is-Not-Attracting-Young-Developers
>>>
>>>  In case someone wants to check it out, I recommend it. And yes, this is
>>> deeply related and a good source for Marketing people 8)
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