Well, this is a little late in coming with a lot of comments before, but...
I have no problems with the way things are. I have a large network to maintain (over 2600 clients) and I don't have any problems. All of our servers run Gentoo, and get HEAVILY used. I've yet to upgrade a kernel from bugs. When I build the boxes (which I do fairly frequently) I put the latest kernel (that is in Gentoo's portage system as vanilla-sources, but it seems to pretty closely track what the real latest kernel is) on them.
About 100 of our client systems run linux, and fairly shortly I'm expecting to switch almost all over to linux. If money is needed to get a full-time "kernel bug fixer/tracker", I herby right now pledge $5,000.00 a year (assuming that they promise to fix any bugs that I run into with the kernel). It is certainly worth that much to my organization. How can there not be 20 other organizations in the US alone where it is worth at least that much? How much does a "kernel bug fixer/tracker" cost?
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