Is the kernel development process broken?
Posted Mar 10, 2005 8:09 UTC (Thu) by beejaybee
Parent article: Is the kernel development process broken?
I think so. I also think this sort of thing is going to be used by proprietary software vendors as a stick to beat sysadmins into rejecting linux (and, by implication, _all_ FLOSS). This is actually more dangerous than legal arguments over copyright issues, about which most people have at least a bit of common sense.
Those who shoot themselves in the foot tend not to get too much sympathy.
I regard myself as fairly tech-sav yet I've not yet heard any real reason to switch from the 2.4 kernel to the 2.6 - apart from support for hardware features I apparently don't posess. OTOH upgrading the kernel is a _real_ bind - just about the only thing that requires a linux system to be rebooted, so you should see why I'm not keen to track minor version numbers.
As for odd minor minor version numbers, what the hell's the point? The same thing will happen all over again - someone will start pushing development (inadequately tested) code into the "stable" stream.
Sorry guys but if we can't get volunteers to test development kernels properly before inflicting them on the mainstream, I'm afraid we'll just have to stagnate. And maybe die.
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