The future of Linux: what it means for Wikipedia

With 2,000 lines of code being added every single day, any lingering suggestion that Linux might suffer from a lack of support is clearly insane. But what lessons can the open-source OS teach its somewhat younger encyclopaedic cousin, Wikipedia?

In his customary linux.conf.au Kernel Report on the state of play in the Linux kernel, LWN.net co-founder and kernel contributor Jonathan Corbet gave an upbeat assessment of Linux's future.

The current kernel development model in which a large volume of patches are added (creating what Corbet described repeatedly as "API breakages and all that other good stuff"), followed by a feature freeze and intensive debugging until stability is achieved, appears to have proved productive after a few hiccups. "It took a few releases to really get that discipline into place," Corbet said.