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SubjectRe: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution)
On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 01:54:12PM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Charles Cazabon <charlesc@discworld.dyndns.org>:
> > Yes, and yes. Aunt Tillie is running Linux because someone installed a
> > distribution for her.
>
> You don't know that. Maybe she installed it herself.

So she installed it herself, why isn't $distrovender kernel good enough?
Keep in mind that just because $kernelversion has a bug doesn't mean
that $distrovender-$kernelversion does. So yes, relying on an update
from $distrovendor is a good thing. What if your automagic tool existed
and Aunt Tillie clicked when 2.4.15 was current stable?

> > She is never going to need anything out of her kernel that her vendor-shipped
> > update kernels do not provide.
>
> *You can't know that.*

Would you accept She'll almost never need something thats not in her
current $distrovednor kernel or the one $distrovendor is working on?

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