Found this over on the Phoronix website. Article link here
Latest Trolling? The Linux Kernel In Perl
Posted by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 05 January 2014 04:02 AM EST
For those in need of some light reading this weekend, the latest comical proposal hitting the Linux kernel mailing list is to have a new project writing portions of the kernel in the Perl programming language.
An alleged university student is interested in writing code for the Linux kernel in Perl over the commonly-used C or even Assembly. The thread author, Antti Heikkinen, wants to explore writing an operating system in Perl as he's taken a beginner course into the language and he likes the language a lot. He notes, "Very impressive ability to make many thing work, interpret or can compile also."
According to his classmates and professors, "they say LINUX kernel is too big and bloat, run poor with too many developer. And too much quick decision from leader with ego is too big and bloat too, kekeke."
This beginner Perl programmer doesn't want the whole Linux kernel written in the language, just certain portions. Those wanting to continue this read can head over to the Indiana kernel mailing list.
A kernel in Perl is rather silly given it's a high-level and interpreted language, etc. At least it makes for some light-hearted weekend reading just past the holidays and entertaining yet technical discussions within the forums. Then again, we've seen Lua scripting added to the NetBSD kernel. Lua in NetBSD is mostly being used for debugging and the prototyping of new features.
Here's the mailing list post by Antti Heikkinen proposing the project:
Propose for LINUX kernel and PERL
From: Antti Heikkinen
Date: Sun Jan 05 2014 - 00:46:28 EST
To Dear Perl and LINUX kernel development community:
My propose to you at your list: is possible to write operate system in
PERL? I am student in university, looked for interest project to
conclude my study on LINUX kernel.
This semester, I take beginner PERL course and learn power of
procedural language. I automate many daily task with use of it. Very
impressive ability to make many thing work, interpret or can compile
Also about LINUX, I talk to much fellow students and professors, and
take a operate system course use FreeBSD and LINUX. FreeBSD okay, but
they say LINUX kernel is too big and bloat, run poor with too many
developer. And too much quick decision from leader with ego is too big
and bloat too, kekeke.
LINUX kernel can perform more good if written in not C and C++ but
Perl? Just certain portion of LINUX kernel to rewrite? For instant,
schedule or support of multithread? If so, should use Perl5 or Perl6,
focus to x86 or x86-64? Can you want to join me this my project? But
to hear your expertise.
Am excited to learn and begin study project. Can you want to join this
my project? Please direct reply of email to myself.
Much thank to you,
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This has got
to be a hoax, right? (Right??