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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] let broken drivers depend on BROKEN{,ON_SMP}
On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 11:31:45AM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 10:50:12AM -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> > If you get a bunch of compiler errors without a clear indication that the
> > driver is known to have problems, it is more likely to produce a "Linux is
> > crap" reaction. With the problems Windows is showing this week, I'd like
> > to show Linux as the reliable alternative, not whatever MS is saying about
> > hacker code this week.
> The people who want Linux to be reliable won't be compiling their own
> kernels, typically. Because, the people that _do_ compile their own
> kernels have sense enough to disable broken drivers :) That's what Red
> Hat, SuSE, and others do today.

It occurs quite often that you need e.g. the latest -pre or -ac to
support some of your hardware.

These are situations when an average systems administrator has to
compile his on kernel.

> Jeff



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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