Re: [PATCH] (for 2.3.99pre6) audit_ids system calls

From: Linda Walsh (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 17:26:45 EST

"Alexander S . Guy" wrote:

> I dunno, it seems like you should get the above fully operational before you

> start requesting that specialized code be included w/ the mainline kernel.

    Experience in the open-source community for us has been to "release early" and "release often".
Experience has show that trying to get one gigantic patch accepted by the community and into
the kernel is generally like trying to get that patch through an eye of a needle -- very difficult.
It's my belief that putting in small individually useful chunks will allow more people to jump
onboard with later coding and design issues.  It's something akin to "open design".

We'd like to see as many of our changes mainline as possible by release time so that any kernel using those changes and release using the modified programs could claim the "C2" or "CAPP" feature set. We would like to also release all of our evaluation evidence/documentation so anyone else could pick it up and much more easily create their own evaluated system -- like VA or IBM or HP -- making them much more likely to get what they need in Linux and more likely to lessen their need for other OS's, again increasing Linux market penetration.

If we can't contribute, we could be forced off into a dark and dimly lit corner somewhere where they shove pizza under our doors/over the cube walls. are allowed to only release the minimum necessary to comply with GPL, minimally benefit the Linux Community and incur large numbers of brain-numbingly repetitions tasks related to retrofits and maintenance. This would be bad...tres sad. Terrible fate...etc. Never allowed outdoors or to talk to strangers...all sorts of ickiness. :-o (:-)).


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