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The kernel doesn't bundle 17 different libraries.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 12:14 UTC (Thu) by fb (subscriber, #53265)
How is that related?
As far as I had understood both "roelofs" and "ringerc" were complaining about release speed, the time a release is maintained, and new features bringing new bugs. AFAICT that has nothing to do with bundling of libraries.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 13:29 UTC (Thu) by nicooo (guest, #69134)
Posted Sep 9, 2010 15:39 UTC (Thu) by ringerc (subscriber, #3071)
It's only when I have my sysadmin hat on and am responsible for the reliability of a network of machines used by other people that I start to want stability and time to fix things before the next update breaks everything all over again. Even then, I still really like rapid releases ... it's only when they're accompanied by the total abandonment of any support for any older releases that they bug me.
I do think FF and Chrome may be rushing into the future a little *too* fast - not in the sense of improving too rapidly, but in being unwilling to keep a release or two around for at least security fix purposes.
Posted Sep 9, 2010 21:54 UTC (Thu) by roelofs (guest, #2599)
AFAICT that has nothing to do with bundling of libraries.
To the extent the bundled libraries are modified, it certainly does. And even where they're not modified, the mere fact that they're additional copies means extra pain when security issues affect (or may affect) them--particularly when the browser version is no longer maintained by upstream.
But that discussion is more relevant to an earlier article.
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