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There is that. It is also the ability of any CPU to be able to pick up where another CPU left off without having to reexecute the same code to set up the job context (process context or whatever the hell you guys name it).
1994 was about the time that NT got pulled out of the SMP pile of code to do. I don't think that Unix getting attention at that time was a coincidence.
What it usually takes is one bit god adopting the responsiblity of the code. I don't know if this can work in Open Source. The bit god doesn't necessarily do any of the work but acts as an advisor to any and all who dabble. The weakness is that there isn't any method of handing down tricks of the trade from an old bit god to a new bit god. Linus acts as one but he's been getting it mixed up with emotional issues and doesn't have anybody to bop him effectively on the head. Note that this is pure speculation on my part. I am not criticizing Linus nor am I trying to change how his corner of the biz is done. But this has been a concern of mine w.r.t. open source processes of development. The process has not been aimed at by Microsoft (their business habits w.r.t. destroying and-or buying out the compebreastion). But it is going to happen.
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I think that's a fairly good description of Linus' role in Linux kernel development, at least as I see it from the periphery. One method he's been using...
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