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SubjectWhining about 2.5 (was Re: [PATCH] Re: bug? in using generic read/write functions to read/write block devices in 2.4.11-pre2)
On Wednesday 03 October 2001 18:51, Alexander Viro wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > How about starting 2.5 with that patch ones 2.4.11 is done? Linus?
> I don't think that it's a good idea. Such patch is trivial - it can be
> done at any point in 2.5. Moreover, while it does clean some of the
> mess up, I don't see a lot of other stuff that would depend on it.

I think he's just trolling for anything that might bud off 2.5 at this point.
Can you blame him? (Yes, al, you may flame me now. :)

Out of morbid curiosity, when 2.5 does finally fork off (a purely academic
question, I know), which VM will it use? I'm guessing Alan will still
inherit the "stable" codebase, but the -ac and -linus trees are breaking new
ground on divergence here. Which tree becomes 2.4 once Alan inherits it?
(Is this part of what's holding up 2.5?)

Are we waiting for andrea's shiny new VM to get into Alan's tree first? I
think Alan said something about somewhere freezing over, but don't quite
recall. Is someone else (Andrea?) likely to become 2.4 maintainer?

What exactly still needs to happen before 2.4 can be locked down, encased in
lucite, and put into bugfix-only mode? (Anybody who's tried to use 3D
acceleration with Red Hat 7.1 and >= 2.4.9 is unlikely to be covinced that
it's currently in bugfix-only mode. The DRI part, anyway.)

On a technical level, 2.4.10's vm is working fine for me on my laptop. (And
I've seen "not working". ANYTHING would have been an improvement over
~2.4.5-2.4.7 or so. I often went for a soda while it swapped trying to open
its twentieth Konqueror window. (Yeah, I know, bad habit I picked up years
ago under OS/2...) At least THAT problem is now history. Then again I did
buy 256 megabytes of ram for my laptop, so it might not have been the new
kernel that fixed it. :)

What's else is left? I'm curious.


(Oh, and what's the deal with "classzones"? Linus told Andrea classzones
were a dumb idea, and we'd regret it when we tried to inflict NUMA
architecture on 2.5, but then went with Andrea's VM anyway, which I thought
was based on classzones... Was that ever resolved? What the problem
avoided? What IS a classzone, anyway? I'd be happy to RTFM, if anybody
could tell me where TF the M is hiding...)

Gotta go, Star Trek: The Previous Generation is about to come on...
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