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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] let broken drivers depend on BROKEN{,ON_SMP}
> > > > If a _user_ of a stable kernel notices "it doesn't even compile" this 
> > > > gives a very bad impression of the quality of the Linux kernel.
> > >
> > > The keyword in this sentence is "stable."
> > > Could you maybe come up with this again at around 2.6.40? :)
> >
> > The first stable kernel of the 2.6 kernel series will be 2.6.0.
> There are going to be a zillion drivers that don't compile by the
> time 2.6.0 is released, which is precisely when lkml will see a whole
> new wave of people willing to fix things so I really don't think
> hiding the problems behind CONFIG_BROKEN or whatever is reasonable.

They would simply stay behind CONFIG_BROKEN for longer, because fewer
people would test them.

Also, remember that some things might only give compile errors under
certain circumstances. The _vast_ majority of kernels include TCP/IP
support, for example, so something that breaks when it's not
configured could easily go unnoticed for ages - does that mean it
should be put behind CONFIG_BROKEN when it's discovered?

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