Re: A users thoughts on the new dev. model
From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 17:24:36 EST
Evan Hisey wrote:
To the Dev list:
First, thanks for all the work on the kernel. I try to keep up with
the list via both KernelTrap and Kerneltraffic. Today I just saw the
discussion on the new development model. As an end use of the vanilla
tree, I would like to point out that a large number of people and
projects rely on the vanilla kernel to be the stable tree do to the
overly varied and random patching nature of vendor supplied kernels
making them hard to call reliable. In the case of my preferred distro
Slackware, the distro itself expects the vanilla tree to be stable and
reliable enough to not need any patches. I believe this is the case for
a large number off distro' s and end users. Thank you for your time.
Please send any flames,comments, or complaints via CC, as I am not
sucribed to the list.
I confess I feel that this new model is a return to the bad old days
when the stable tree wasn't. Sounds as if Andrew is bored with the idea
of letting 2.7 be the development tree and just being the gatekeeper of
STABLE new features for 2.6. Perhaps 2.7 should be opened and Andrew
will have a place to play, and features can drift to 2.6 more slowly.
I agree that vendor kernels often have unexpected behaviour,
"improvements" on the API, etc. They sometimes protect the user from
himself, so that code which works fine on a vendor kernel fails
miserably on a mainline kernel.
I'm sure developers will do whatever they please, but I think a
development kernel would be nice about now, so people could try new
things without restriction, and people who like to use a stable kernel
could have one.
-bill davidsen (davidsen@xxxxxxx)
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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