Kernel bugs: out of control?
Posted May 11, 2006 12:48 UTC (Thu) by malor
In reply to: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Parent article: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Well, at this point it's stale, sure. But it wasn't when 2.6 was released. If 2.6 had a maintainer and Linus was off in 2.7, like they've always done before, things would be just fine, as they were in 2.4... after Linus quit messing with it, anyway.
My real complaint is that it DID work on my hardware and then STOPPED working for no discernible reason, and I don't generally have time to do much troubleshooting. Things ceasing to work in a STABLE kernel series is very bad. I'm willing to test beta kernels when there's a general call for that, but I don't do it routinely. At least, I didn't, until the new dev system forced me to. I would have no problem with device breakage after switching stable versions, but if something works in 2.6.0, it should still work in 2.6.16, as far as I'm concerned.
As far as patches go... ok, I'll accept your 'short patches don't mean it wasn't hard to figure out' argument... you're correct there.
It would probably be better to say that 'trivial patches imply lack of QA/testing', rather than lack of review. A trivial patch means the design was right, but the implementation was wrong, and that's the sort of thing that should be caught in testing.
It still doesn't change the fact that Debian users on 2.6.16 have seen one hell of a lot of downtime lately.
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