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Re: [BUG] New Kernel Bugs

From:  Andrew Morton <akpm-AT-linux-foundation.org>
To:  David Miller <davem-AT-davemloft.net>
Subject:  Re: [BUG] New Kernel Bugs
Date:  Tue, 13 Nov 2007 04:12:59 -0800
Message-ID:  <20071113041259.79c9a8c5.akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc:  protasnb-AT-gmail.com, linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org, netdev-AT-vger.kernel.org, alsa-devel-AT-alsa-project.org, linux-ide-AT-vger.kernel.org, linux-pcmcia-AT-lists.infradead.org, linux-input-AT-atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz, bugme-daemon-AT-bugzilla.kernel.org
Archive-link:  Article

On Tue, 13 Nov 2007 03:58:24 -0800 (PST) David Miller <davem@davemloft.net> wrote:

> From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
> Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 03:49:16 -0800
> 
> > Do you believe that our response to bug reports is adequate?
> 
> Do you feel that making us feel and look like shit helps?
> 

That doesn't answer my question.

See, first we need to work out whether we have a problem.  If we do this,
then we can then have a think about what to do about it.

I tried to convince the 2006 KS attendees that we have a problem and I
resoundingly failed.  People seemed to think that we're doing OK.

But it appears that data such as this contradicts that belief.


This is not a minor matter.  If the kernel _is_ slowly deteriorating then
this won't become readily apparent until it has been happening for a number
of years.  By that stage there will be so much work to do to get us back to
an acceptable level that it will take a huge effort.  And it will take a
long time after that for the kerel to get its reputation back.

So it is important that we catch deterioration *early* if it is happening.




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