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SubjectRe: [Devel] [PATCH] pidns: Place under CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL (take 2)
On Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 10:40:12PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Adrian Bunk <bunk@kernel.org> writes:
>
> > There isn't any hard semantics behind what is marked EXPERIMENTAL and
> > what not. In it's current state, we could even consider removing the
> > EXPERIMENTAL option and all dependencies on EXPERIMENTAL.
>
> Well I do know at least some of the things that depend on experimental
> are legitimate.
>
> I wonder if the problem is that we don't police experimental well
> enough.
>
> > Currently CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL=n would cost a distribution a three digit
> > number of device drivers plus several features like e.g. NFSv4.
>
> I can see a distribution carefully cherry picking things, that the
> have an intimate knowledge about out of experimental but it doesn't
> sound right for taking things out of EXPERIMENTAL to be routine.
>
> I know I'm a little slow about getting around to it but when ever I
> have a feature that isn't EXPERIMENTAL anymore I remove the tag.

Part of the picture might be that code that was included into the kernel
usually is in a state that it works at least most time for most of the
people.

And when you think about distributions, it's hard to imagine why a
distribution should not enable more or less all EXPERIMENTAL device
drivers - an EXPERIMENTAL driver is much better than no driver for this
hardware at all.

> Eric

cu
Adrian

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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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