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    SubjectRe: [git pull] x86 changes for v2.6.27
    Linus Torvalds wrote:
    >
    > Things like this _really_ irritate me:
    >
    > Memtest (MEMTEST) [Y/n/?] (NEW) ?
    >
    > why the hell is that defaulting to "on"?
    >
    > The rule of thumb should be:
    >
    > NO NEW FEATURES SHOULD _EVER_ DEFAULT TO 'ON'!
    >
    > I do realize that developers always think that _their_ particular cool new
    > feature is so important that it should default to 'on', but that's always
    > the case, and it's _always_ wrong.
    >

    I'm a bit surprised that you'd say that for something that is a
    hardware-testing feature that needs a command-line option to be enabled
    at runtime. I have always presumed that the default value is the
    recommended value, and I would think that that is what most people would
    assume.

    -hpa


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