Regressions and progress
Posted Jul 27, 2007 22:41 UTC (Fri) by corbet
In reply to: RDSL and ignoring feedback
Parent article: Still waiting for swap prefetch
Here's a message from Linus from a couple of weeks ago; I had considered it for the quote of the week:
So we don't fix bugs by introducing new problems. That way lies madness,
and nobody ever knows if you actually make any real progress at all. Is it
two steps forwards, one step back, or one step forward and two steps back?
Different people will give different answers.
That's why regressions are _so_ much more important than new bugfixes.
Because it's much more important to make slow but _steady_ progress, and
have people know things improve (or at least not "deprove"). We don't want
any kind of "brownian motion development".
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