Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux expressed his love towards C programming language. It is a well-known fact that Linux kernel Is essentially written in C with a little of assembly code.
Even when it comes to Linux distros, C is used for many apps and libraries. C is compiled and is run on the processor. Some Linux distros do use C++ libraries to build front end applications.
Well do you know what Linus Torvalds thinks about C++ programming language? He simply called C++ a horrible programming language.
Since Linus maintains the Linux kernel which mainly depends on C programming language, he doesn’t need any other languages apart from it.
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In a key note from September 2007, Linus shared his views on C++.
He rant against C++ stating:
When I first looked at git source code two things struck me as odd:
- Pure c as opposed to C++ no idea why. Please don’t talk about portability.
- Its B*** S****.
Going further in the note Torvalds calls C++ programmers as substandard programmers.
“It’s made more horrible by the fact that a lot of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it’s much much easier to generate total and utter crap with it. Quite frankly, even if the choice of C were to do nothing but keep the C++ programmers out, that in itself would be a huge reason to use C.”
When it comes to speed of execution nothing beats C. so this is what the most needed thing to build a kernel that powers an Operating System, and C++ lacks the speed and I guess this is why Linus stated C++ as horrible.
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