ext3 regression: unnecessarily syncs temporary files
Posted Jun 5, 2012 1:42 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata
In reply to: ext3 regression: unnecessarily syncs temporary files
Parent article: Temporary files: RAM or disk?
the latest version of the kernel requires more memory than 0.99 but nobody could possibly claim this is a regression
I claim that's a regression. Another area where kernel releases have steadily regressed: they run more slowly. And there are machines current kernels won't run on at all that previous ones could. Another regression.
I'm just going by plain meaning of the word (informed somewhat by it's etymology, the Latin for "step backward."). And the fact that it's really useful to be able to talk about the steps backward without regard to whether they're worth it.
Everyone recognizes that sometimes you have to regress in some areas in order to progress in others. And sometimes it's a matter of opinion whether the tradeoff is right. For example, regression testing often uncovers the fact that the new release runs so much slower than the previous one that some people consider it a mistake and it gets "fixed."
I like to use Opera, but almost every upgrade I've ever done has contained functional regressions, usually intentional. As they are often regressions that matter to me, I tend not to upgrade Opera (and it makes no difference to me whether it's a bug or not).
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