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Quote of the week
Posted May 17, 2007 1:17 UTC (Thu) by flewellyn (subscriber, #5047)
Posted May 17, 2007 1:24 UTC (Thu) by jello (subscriber, #6083)
Posted May 17, 2007 1:25 UTC (Thu) by smitty_one_each (subscriber, #28989)
Posted May 17, 2007 1:45 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted May 17, 2007 15:45 UTC (Thu) by trutkin (guest, #3919)
Posted May 17, 2007 16:25 UTC (Thu) by intgr (subscriber, #39733)
Context explained (My interpretation)
Posted May 18, 2007 5:09 UTC (Fri) by pr1268 (subscriber, #24648)
Here's my take on the bigger picture of what's going on here. This is just my interpretation, so feel free to correct me...
Mathieu Desnoyers submitted a patch to the LKML to add (non-code) documentation explaining what the markers code submitted for inclusion into the kernel does. In the documentation, Mathieu mentions as examples several user-space programs, including SystemTAP.
Christoph Hellwig took exception to the inclusion of references to out-of-tree code in the documentation authored by Mathieu. Alan Cox then came to Mathieu's defense, and a brief (7 message) disagreement exchange occurred.
The "crypto keys" Alan refers to are presumably the 32-character AACS decryption keys used in hi-def DVD players, which various hackers have been plastering all over the Internet as of late, and the "USSA" appears to be a mildly satiric slant on the USA. Interesting way to label America, IMO.
I think the overall big picture is that Alan felt that Christoph's request seemed excessive, given that the out-of-tree code mentioned in Mathieu's documentation is itself FLOSS. And besides, it is poor documentation that unnecessarily adds layers of abstraction (using generic references) whilst describing software code functionality. Why not just come right out and mention concrete, real-world examples of how the code can be used?
Posted May 24, 2007 23:48 UTC (Thu) by efexis (guest, #26355)
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