Linux development is going gray, and it seems like the younger generations might not be as interested in participating as their older counterparts.
It's not that Linux's core developers are "old." After all, Linus Torvalds, Mr. Linux himself, is only 42. But for a few years now, the core Linux kernel developers have been aware that the top programmers have been getting older.
This isn't just an impression. While as Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation's VP of marketing and developer programs, told me that "participation in Linux is greater than ever before" and that "more than 8,000 people had contributed to the Linux kernel since 2005," a closer look at the Linux developer numbers reveals that the older generations of Linux programmers are fading away.
Steven is relatively upbeat about the Linux Foundation's efforts to bring in new blood to Linux development, and I hope he's right. Linus and company cannot go on forever. Linux himself is 42, so he's no spring chicken.
I wonder why the younger folks aren't taking to Linux development as much as the older generations? Could it be that they've become spoiled by the riches heaped on them by older developers? I'm not sure, but there definitely seems to be some passion lacking in some of the younger people.
Or maybe I'm just getting old and crotchety myself? I'm 44, so I'm even older than Linus! If you're a younger developer, please let me know if you've done some Linux development in the comments below. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about the need for new blood among Linux developers.
Devyn Johnson has a brief overview of Linux bootloaders at Linux.org that some of you might find interesting.
Linux has a few bootloaders to choose from. Usually, Linux administrators leave the distro's default bootloader installed. Sometimes administrators need to use a different one or the distro's installer gives the administrators a choice between bootloaders. Clearly, it helps to know about the different Linux bootloaders.
Bootloaders aren't exactly sexy, they don't usually get a lot of press. But Devyn's post in the forum might be useful to those who don't know what a bootloader is, and which ones are which.