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Alan Cox Leaves the 2.2 Kernel for Academe

A year off for the selfless maintainer of the 2.2. production kernel

According to a report from Kerneltrap, Alan Cox, perhaps the second most influential Linux kernel hacker after Linus Torvalds, is going to take a year off from his work maintaining the 2.2 kernel.

"At the end of September I'm off back to University on a year’s sabbatical from Red Hat to study for an MBA. I've made the decision that I'm basically going to vanish for the year so I can concentrate on the course,” says Cox.

He will also devote part of the year to his “pet side-project” - namely learning Welsh. One of the upshots of this decision by Cox is of course that the 2.2 kernel now needs a new maintainer, someone – in Cox’s own sardonic words – “who can spend their entire life refusing patches, being ignored by the mainstream (because 2.2 is boring) and by vendors (who don't ship 2.2 any more)."

Kerneltrap reports Cox as explaining: "A few years ago I'd have worried about doing this, the great thing is that with the kernel community we have today I know I'm not a critical cog in the machine. In fact I'm surrounded by people far better than I am.”

“And we even have Andrew Morton to keep Linus in check,” he adds.

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