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SubjectRe: [ck] Re: Linus 2.6.23-rc1
Am Samstag 28 Juli 2007 schrieb Matthew Hawkins:
> On 7/28/07, Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
> > People who think SD was "perfect" were simply ignoring reality.
> > Sadly, that seemed to include Con too, which was one of the main
> > reasons that I never ended entertaining the notion of merging SD for
> > very long at all: Con ended up arguing against people who reported
> > problems, rather than trying to work with them.
> Not even Con thought SD was perfect, so this is being more than a
> little dishonest.
> One of his parting comments on the ck list was a list of things that
> could be fixed/improved.
> I'm sorry you in particular haven't been able to have the same
> experience with Con as so many others have, especially considering who
> you are and the weight your words have. You've lost a really great
> asset and aren't even aware of it. That's really sad for everyone.
> (fwiw the -ck list did a lot of the testing for CFS recently, and over
> the years various other things too. Generally a good bunch of folks
> keen to try anything to make their Linux experience better. And
> definitely devoid of these petty politics and egos that are plagueing
> other Linux-related lists. You've not only lost Con, but perhaps one
> of the better testbeds also).

I fully agree to this. Being part of the ck mailing list community was fun
and I really appreciate the friendly and supporting tone here. From the
mails I ever read from the LKML - I do not read it regularily at all - I
got the impression that its members can learn *a lot* from the ck mailing
list community. And also from the TuxOnNice mailing list community.

For example on how to encourage users to send in their feedback and test
kernel subsystems. And from what I heard again and again its exactly
testing that is lacking to a great degree.

Actually even CFS was helped by the ck mailinglist community.

The tone on the ck mailinglist community encouraged me to compile kernel
patches, try out latest ck patchsets and then when CFS could not do the
same smooth music playback on my Amarok machine than SD try out a ton of
patches from Ingo Molnar to get those regressions (compared to SD) fixed.

But all the times I stayed away from LKML and still do not feel that much
motivation to read in it regularily. Actually my own perceptions matches
what Con said in his goodbye interview[1]: It *scares* me away. Its this
elitist "I know it better than you and what do you want anyway" that in
my eyes demotivate a lot of users to bring in their feedback.

There are just about 9000 bugs in the kernel bugtracker and about 150000
bugs in the KDE bugtracker. Granted KDE bugtracker includes a lot of
applications, but still I think the number of bug reports in the kernel
bugtracker is ridicolously low. And I think thats because many users
don't bother to report bugs upstream for the Linux kernel, not because
that those bugs aren't there.

I hope that the ck mailing list community will continue to be active and
possibly try to get swap prefetch and some other goodies of the ck
patchset into mainline. And I think it would also be a good idea for ck
mailing list community to report desktop related issues in the kernel
bugtracker. I think I will take the courage next time I find anything,
and report it straight there.

Maybe some talented developer will take up on the ck patchset and maybe
once in a while he will find a friendlier environment to merge in parts
of the ck patchset that should have gone mainline years ago.

Maybe at least that is learned out of what happened here. I do think that
a *friendly* tone matters and makes a difference. Being friendly and
honestly saying the own oppinion on technical matters simply do not have
to contradict themselves. Still I got the impression that some do
think "Either I say it harsh and true or I be friendly and lie what


Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald -
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