Re: Linux 2.4.34-pre1

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 20:53:29 EST

On Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 10:43:07PM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:

> Hi Adrian,

Hi Willy,

> Basically, my goal is to keep all those users trusting Linux (other
> systems such as OpenBSD are very present in this area too). And your
> goal is to progressively attract them towards 2.6 with strong arguments
> in favor of 2.6 (and not against 2.4) that only them will judge relevant
> based on their usage. And I can tell you that 2.4 being harder to build
> than 2.6 is obviously not a relevant argument in favor of 2.6 for people
> who apply more than 100 patches to their kernels.

it was not my goal to make it harder for people to build 2.4.

I'd in fact consider userspace and hardware support the real problems
for people who want to use kernel 2.4 - using a different compiler is
a relatively easy issue compared to this.

And I had mixed two complete different points in this thread:
- untested kernel 2.4 / gcc 4
- kernel 2.6 shouldn't be in any respect worse than kernel 2.4

Looking at the kenrel size, it seems the latter is far from being true
in this respect. :-(

The "untested" still applies.
But I do also understand your points regardingthis issue.

If I was 2.4 maintainer, I wouldn't apply the patch to allow gcc 4.
But you are the 2.4 maintainer, and it's therefore your decision.

> Best regards,
> Willy



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