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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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