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    Fascinating story. This line made me sad though:

    Bergmann argued for this change because it would allow compiling the kernel with -std=gnu11, making it possible to rely on bleeding-edge C11 features

    C11 is, at this point, a decade old. FreeBSD has shipped a base system compiler and libc that support it (except for some of the awful Fortran-envy bits of C99) for almost that long. We have code written in C++17 that builds on all major platforms (for a very generous definition of ‘major’, which includes Haiku).

    The Linux kernel, in contrast, still compiles in gnu89 mode, a version of C that predates C having a notion of parallel execution by over two decades.