A survey on kernel quality
Posted Jul 11, 2006 12:27 UTC (Tue) by vblum
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I agree that, here, excluding the knowledgable non-subscribers is really justified because and only because you close the door on a lot of potential noise. I am sure though that no one will mind if non-subscribers post their valuable experiences in a less formalized way in the comments section here - and all are helped.
Very much off topic: If you have the money to subscribe and would gladly pay it, then be glad that you were not around when Jon Corbet announced the end of LWN due to financial difficulties - or else you might be paying after all.
Honestly, no one on LWN's side ever demanded subscriptions - in fact, the opposite is true, Jon Corbet explicitly ruled them out for many years. It was LWN's readership who asked for a subscription option - and loudly so - when Jon Corbet announced that LWN would be closed due to lack of funding.
It is a good question whether I _have_ the money to subscribe to LWN. I do not pay for any other subscriptions whatsoever. This one I pay for; because I was there when there was no other option. Perhaps subscribing to LWN does make a good filter to find people that definitively care about Linux - at least they care enough to keep a high-quality Linux publication going which would otherwise have ceased to exist, quietly and modestly. Sure, you have lots of false negatives, people who really care but don't subscribe. But then, if you do really care, write up your kernel bugs as a comment, no?
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