A positive spin on the kernel bugs issue
Posted May 12, 2006 18:01 UTC (Fri) by pr1268
Parent article: Kernel bugs: out of control?
I'm not too sure anyone else sees the current rate of kernel bug fixes in the positive light I see them:
The sheer fact that bug fixes are coming faster is indication that people are adopting Linux in increasing numbers. The (relatively) few users of Linux of several years past found (relatively) few reasons to complain about a kernel bug. Fewer bugs were noticed therefore fewer bugs needed fixing.
Fast forward to the present. As pervasive as Linux usage is these days, doesn't it stand to reason that more bugs will get noticed? That's GOOD! Think about how the process works. As long as the bug reports keep flowing in, and the kernel developers keep troubleshooting and fixing the bugs, then the rate at which the bugs are being noticed really shouldn't matter. The kernel has grown in size consistently since before 1.0, and the number of bug reports has grown correspondingly.
I'd almost be more concerned if bug reports slowed to a trickle (or stopped completely). With a piece of software as large, powerful, and complex as the Linux kernel, this would surely indicate lack of usage or apathy. Seeing the bug reports tells me that people are using Linux more frequently, and doing the responsible thing of reporting a bug when they encounter one.
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