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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.16
Anuradha Ratnaweera wrote:
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> On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 09:44:04PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > Anuradha Ratnaweera wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 10:30:08AM -0200, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > > >
> > > > final:
> > > > - Fix 8139too oops (Philipp Matthias Hahn)
> > >
> > > Won't that be a good idea to keep the -final the same as the last -pre?
> >
> > No. There is absolutely no reason not to fix this oops.
>
> I wasn't refering to 8139 driver, but the kernel release policy.

A "policy" is a simplification that isn't needed.

This fix could trivially be proved not to make things worse, so
no reason at all to omit it. Policies, rules-of-thumb etc.
is for management and others without detail knowledge.
Those who know better shouldn't be limited by such rules.
And they aren't. :-)

Of course it is possible to write down a detailed policy
that even expert coders could agree to - but why bother?
You wouldn't get it into a few lines...

Helge Hafting
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