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Posted Feb 3, 2011 19:32 UTC (Thu) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Feb 3, 2011 23:44 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
My another notebook with crappy Poulsbo video card fails to resume from suspend-to-RAM in about 10% of cases. Oh, and it uses a proprietary driver. You do accept kernel bugs for proprietary drivers, don't you?
This change is nuts. There are good use-cases for doing just nothing instead of inventing 'solutions' aimed to work around the bugs in certain hardware.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:41 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:44 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Feb 4, 2011 14:39 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Feb 4, 2011 14:45 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Feb 4, 2011 15:51 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Feb 5, 2011 0:58 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
Expecting software designers to cater for bugs that haven't even been reported is pretty unreasonable.
True, but then ikm never said he expects software designers to address these bugs.
I don't report bugs. The probably of the report resulting in a fix is too small to justify my time. I just accept my loss and look for the next best alternative.
I'm cognizant of the fact that if the bug affects only me, there's a vanishing chance that some developer working for free will be interested in fixing it, and if it affects a lot of people, someone else will have reported it or, better yet, some developer with the means to fix it will have experienced it himself.
Posted Feb 5, 2011 1:03 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Feb 5, 2011 1:05 UTC (Sat) by ikm (subscriber, #493)
Posted Feb 5, 2011 1:09 UTC (Sat) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Posted Feb 3, 2011 19:38 UTC (Thu) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
Have fun then... I had one for a year, in 2010, and I had my share of having to track obscure issues. When I got it there was a hair wedged between backlight and pixel panel. When I gave it back a year later, there were random vertical blue and purple stripes over the screen, unless I pressed the enclosure in exactly the right way. It wouldn't come out of sleep about once a week (meaning about 10% of the times I put it to sleep). I wouldn't go to sleep, too, and then get really hot in my backpack. And one day sound broke. Then there was an Apple OSX upgrade that forced me to reinstall. Poof! went my development environment. And I'm fine with Safari wanting a holiday on the beach, but I got so regularly beach-balled that I felt a proper outsider who had applied for a posh London club. Watching a dvd was extremely annoying, because unlike dragon or xine, I couldn't skip the mandatory warnings at the beginning of the dvd. And in that year I've seen the gray kernel panic screen in a veritable babel of languages at least five times.
I don't think there's any platform, any computer system, that works as advertised, without grief, without bugs, without hardware problems, without obscure little issues you either learn to live with or have to track down.
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