Stress testing is rarely useful here - things like ioctl races you
find by thinking evil thoughts.
-- Alan Cox
The greatest problem, as I see it is that by pouring vitriol like
this on newbies, we're really damaging our reputation as a
community that welcomes newcomers and strangling our necessary
supply of willing volunteers. On the other hand, as a maintainer,
when there's people yelling me at about patches not being included
plus a persistent regressions list and about ten bug reports to
track down, the last thing I want to see within a million miles of
my inbox is a white space fixing patch. The more of these patches
we get, the worse the problem becomes and the shorter and more
inflammatory the responses get. We can't go on like this.
-- James Bottomley
The #1 project for all kernel beginners should surely be "make sure
that the kernel runs perfectly at all times on all machines which
you can lay your hands on". Usually the way to do this is to work
with others on getting things fixed up (this can require
persistence!) but that's fine - it's a part of kernel development.
-- Andrew Morton
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