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SubjectRe: starting with 2.7
On Mon, 3 Jan 2005, Horst von Brand wrote:

> Bill Davidsen <davidsen@tmr.com> said:
>
> [...]
>
> > I have to say that with a few minor exceptions the introduction of new
> > features hasn't created long term (more than a few days) of problems. And
> > we have had that in previous stable versions as well. New features
> > themselves may not be totally stable, but in most cases they don't break
> > existing features, or are fixed in bk1 or bk2. What worries me is removing
> > features deliberately, and I won't beat that dead horse again, I've said
> > my piece.
> >
> > The "few minor exceptions:"
> >
> > SCSI command filtering - while I totally support the idea (and always
> > have), I miss running cdrecord as a normal user. Multisession doesn't work
> > as a normal user (at least if you follow the man page) because only root
> > can use -msinfo. There's also some raw mode which got a permission denied,
> > don't remember as I was trying something not doing production stuff.
>
> It had very nasty security problems. After a short discussion here, it was
> deemed much more important to have a secure system than a (very minor)
> convenience. AFAIU, the patch was backported to 2.4 (or should be ASAP).

As I said, I supported that, but the check is done in such a way that not
even making the application setuid helps, so users can't burn multisession
(and some other obscure forms of) CDs.
>
> > APM vs. ACPI - shutdown doesn't reliably power down about half of the
> > machines I use, and all five laptops have working suspend and non-working
> > resume. APM seems to be pretty unsupported beyond "use ACPI for that."
>
> Many never machines just don't have APM.

What's your point? I'm damn sure there are more machines with APM than 386
CPUs, AHA1540 SCSI controllers, or a lot of other supported stuff. Most
machines which have APM at all have a functional power off capability,
which is a desirable thing for most people.

>
> > None of these would prevent using 2.6 if there were some feature not in
> > 2.4 which gave a reason to switch.
>
> Like 2.6 works fine, 2.4 has no chance on some machines?

Haven't hit one of those yet, although after you get away from Intel I'm
sure there are some.

--
bill davidsen <davidsen@tmr.com>
CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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