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SubjectRe: Stop the Linux kernel madness
On Fri, 2004-06-18 08:13:15 -0700, William Lee Irwin III <wli@holomorphy.com>
wrote in message <20040618151315.GC1863@holomorphy.com>:
> On Fri, Jun 18, 2004 at 10:43:19AM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > Yes, this is a hint at certain embedded developers. You
> > know who you are and chances are you also know what you would
> > like to develop if you no longer had to spend your time porting
> > the same old patches from one version of the product to the next.
>
> The shame of things is that the economic/effort problem appears to
> often be "solved" by never migrating to new kernel versions, or
> otherwise by amortizing the work involved with infrequent migrations.

Unfortunately, you're *very* right on this. Eg. read the linux-mips list
(at linux-mips.org). You'll see that this list is often hit by people
having problems. Normally, they hack on kernels like 2.4.16 or the like.
These are totally unrelated projects, people and companies. I can't find
words for that. They're missing a year of development and even feel sane
with it. That's what vendors gave them...

There's a lot of Linux beyond LKML, with a common problem: outdated
source trees, with a shitload of patches. Linus could need another
hacker or two working full-time on reviewing / importing those patches!
For what I guess, those should better be native Indian speakers...

MfG, JBG

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