|| ||"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa-AT-zytor.com>|
|| ||Linus Torvalds <torvalds-AT-linux-foundation.org>|
|| ||Re: Slow DOWN, please!!!|
|| ||Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:52:44 -0700|
|| ||Andrew Morton <akpm-AT-linux-foundation.org>,
"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw-AT-sisk.pl>, davem-AT-davemloft.net,
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> The tester base is simply too small.
> Now, if *that* could be improved, that would be wonderful, but I'm not
> seeing it as very likely.
One thing is that we keep fragmenting the tester base by adding new
confidence levels: we now have -mm, -next, mainline -git, mainline -rc,
mainline release, stable, distro testing, and distro release (and some
distros even have aggressive versus conservative tracks.) Furthermore,
thanks to craniorectal immersion on the part of graphics vendors, a lot
of users have to run proprietary drivers on their "main work" systems,
which means they can't even test newer releases even if they would dare.
This fragmentation is largely intentional, of course -- everyone can
pick a risk level appropriate for them -- but it does mean:
a) The lag for a patch to ride through the pipeline is pretty long.
b) The section of people who are going to use the more aggressive trees
for "real work" testing is going to be small.
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