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GNU + Linux = broken development model

GNU + Linux = broken development model

Posted Jul 30, 2009 13:13 UTC (Thu) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
In reply to: GNU + Linux = broken development model by mikov
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot

To be fair, the WHQL testing is worthless. The WHQL-passed driver for my RT61-based wlan interface causes 64-bit Vista and Windows 7 systems to crash whenever it deals with a non-trivial about of traffic. This is extremely easy to reproduce: just running the Steam server browser, Left 4 Dead or Bittorrent is enough to trigger the crash. But the drivers were rubber stamped, no problem...

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GNU + Linux = broken development model

Posted Jul 30, 2009 17:54 UTC (Thu) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955) [Link]

WHQL testing involves running Microsoft's test suite on your own system. If I remember correctly, they require you use an SMP system, x86-64 and >4GB RAM, which historically have exposed a number of driver bugs, and they test various corner cases in power management. But it's still possible to have the driver cheat to pass the tests, or to run the test suite repeatedly until it passes, or even modify the test suite to falsely report passes.

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