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Running HEAD seems to me to be a fair way for a developer to ensure that the reporter is
willing to invest at least a little bit of time towards diagnosing the problem and not just
fire-and-forget bug reporting, which is not really of use to anyone.
Plenty of work ahead
Posted Dec 3, 2007 18:08 UTC (Mon) by jwb (guest, #15467)
Building the tip of mesa and xorg is a major undertaking which is likely to break every
package on any given system. Nevermind the minor fact that frequently the tip is in an
unbuildable or incompatible state.
For my own code, I follow the policy of taking a bug report seriously unless I have reason to
believe that it has been fixed in a newer revision.
I believe there was a long and thoughtful post on linux-kernel regarding this very issue
recently, where the author (a major kernel developer) concluded that it's counterproductive to
insist on testing with latest-test-rc-mm.
Posted Dec 3, 2007 19:57 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Stable kernel interfaces be damned.
Both the X.org Intel drivers and DRI driver and libraries can be compiled out-of-tree and be
I've done that before when trying out different features that are only avialable via cvs.
(like texture/memory management features for the 915tex driver). Especially with the DRI
libraries. Using LD_PRELOAD tricks it's very possible to change between 3D driver versions
while running a single X session.
There is almost no need to ever have to overwrite anything provided by your distribution. The
whole X server can be compiled seperately from distro-provided stuff if you like. If the CVS
breaks everything then just go back to what is provided by your distribution.
Worst case is that you have to compile a custom kernel to take advantage of some features
because of patches to DRM or AGPGART stuff.
Soo... If you actually care about trying out patches and filing usefull bug reports then there
is nothing that is stopping you. Especially about 3D drivers.
Remember almost all of it, except for the DRM or AGP stuff, is userspace. Not much at all
depends in any way on the kernel (unlike your proprietary drivers) your using and you can use
different LD tricks and chroots to run any of it like any other application.
And remember now that X is now _modular_. The drivers themselves can be compiled seperately
from X. If your using a relatively recent version of X you can try out the latest 2D Intel
driver by just copying over the existing intel_drv.so file! If your worried about breakage
then just keep a backup to copy back.
This is a little out of date:
For example a most of the stuff has moved away from CVS to Git, but for the most part it still
applies. This tells you how to compile and run latest versions of Mesa libs, and DRI without
Have you never had more then one version of a program or libraries installed on your computer
If your using Gutsy and the Intel stuff is crapping out on you then bitch to Ubuntu for
shipping something broken. On my Debian Unstable/Testing is is pretty stable, not perfect, but
it works well. A freind at work has a X3000 chipset and is using Fedora Core 8 and it runs
Compiz pretty well except for the 2D and 3D overlay problem/ugliness.
Posted Dec 3, 2007 19:26 UTC (Mon) by dvdeug (subscriber, #10998)
I've had the feeling with way too many projects that they're more willing to make cute new
features rather than actually fixing the bugs that are giving me trouble. File-and-forget bug
handling or making unreasonable demands on me just accentuate that feeling. Demanding that I
exchange a mostly-working program for a program that may not even compile or work remotely
correctly is absurd for anyone who actually has to use the program in question on the system
I see the reasoning behind it, but OSS already has a preception, often true, of not worrying
about the hard unfun stuff that users need. Stating that you're going to ignore bug reports
unless they follow a development version just stress that feeling.
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