Feeds

Why Xbox Linux founder left the project

Artistic differences

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

The founder of the high-profile Xbox Linux Project has left the group over concerns about the direction of the project and disagreements with the anonymous donor who's contributed $200,000 to port Linux to the Microsoft gaming device.

Enrico Kern, whose development team H Zero Seven founded the project in August 2001, says he disagrees with some of the decisions made by current project leader Michael Steil. Kern says Steil made decisions without consulting the rest of the group and discounted Kern's work to publicize the project.
Kern also says he has concerns about the anonymous donor's record in the Open Source community, including license missteps and source publication delays, issues several companies entering the Open Source market have struggled with. Kern says he can't say more without giving away the identify of the donor.

The influx of money has taken away the "fun and art" of the project, Kern adds. "I founded the Xbox-Linux project after I read a article from a Microsoft employee about using the upcoming Xbox as a Web server," he says. "I thought it would be funny [to port it to Linux]. Fun and skill enhancement stands for me in the foreground. After the press release that we had a donor willing donate $200,000 USD, many, many people were coming to the project, some very good developers and some guys only willed to work for the money. I would rather die than publish my free code in mind for the profit of big commercial companies."

The Xbox Linux Project has gotten a lot of mainstream attention recently, especially after the $200,000 donation was announced July 1. The project announced its 0.2 release Monday.

Kern says the project will go on just fine without him. He says Steil and other core members of the project are "great developers" and the project is in the right hands with Steil as its leader. He hopes he can sit down and share a beer with the group at Linux events in Europe.

Steil says Kern won't be missed. "He was not important. This sounds hard and mean, but it's just the truth." Steil says Kern registered the original .org domain for the project in 2001, but many developers did more work on the project than Kern did.

" I hope you don't understand this all as a war between the Xbox Linux maintainers," Steil says. "Imagine, we had just clicked the 'admin' checkbox on Sourceforge once too often by mistake? If we take the checked box away, it doesn't mean there is a problem with the person!"

Kern answers that he did a lot of non-programming work for the project, including publicity, writing documentation, and finding sponsors to donate bandwidth.

Kern says he hasn't left the Open Source community. He's currently working on the installation GUI of the InceptionOS Linux distribution.

© Newsforge.com.

Related stories

First legal Linux program runs on Xbox
$200k prize offered for getting Linux to run on Xbox

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.