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Top Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman gave a new 30-minute interview with TFIR during the Open Source Summit, 2019. He discusses security in the post-Spectre world, remembers when Microsoft joined the Linux distros mailing list, and acknowledges good-naturedly that he and Richard Stallman “approach things from a different standpoint”.
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In the interview Kroah-Hartman talks about downsides of living in the Hague. “My son’s school actually mandates that they all have MacBooks. So he has a MacBook, my wife has a MacBook, and that’s about it.” But of course, Kroah-Hartman himself is always using Linux.
So what distro does he use? “I don’t use openSUSE any more, I use Arch. And my build system I think is actually running Fedora. I have a number of virtual machines still running Gentoo, Dubya, and Fedora to do some testing on some userspace tools. But yeah, all my laptops and everything is switched over to Arch these days… I have a Chromebook that I play around with, and you can run Linux applications, and you can of course SSH into anything…”
Why Arch? “At the moment it had something that I needed. I don’t remember what it was, the latest development version, what not — and I’ve known a number of the Arch developers over the years. Their idea of a constantly rolling, forward-moving system is the way to go… It’s neutral, it’s community-based, it has everything I need. It works really really well. I’ve actually converted my cloud instances that I have all to Arch… It’s nice.” And in addition, “Their Wiki is amazing. The documentation — it’s like one of the best resources out there these days… If you look up any userspace program and how to configure it and use it. Actually, the systemd Arch Wiki pages are one of the most amazing resources out there…
“One of the main policies of Arch, or philosophies, is you stay as close to the upstream as possible. And as a developer, I want that… They’re really good in feedback to the community. Because I want that testing — I want to make sure that things are fixed. And if it is broken, I learn about it quickly and I fix it and push the stuff out. So that’s actually a really good feedback loop. And that’s some of the reasons I need it.”
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