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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 00/18] Enable FSGSBASE instructions
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Hi Thomas,

On 5/28/20 6:29 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> Until recently, we were doing proof-of-concept research, not product
>> development, and there are limited hours in the day. I also hasten to
>> say that the product of research is an article, the software artifact
>> serves as documentation of the experiment. In contrast, the product of
>> software development is software. It takes significant time and effort
>> to convert one to the other. Upstreaming code is of little scientific
>> interest. But things have changed for our project; we had no users in
>> 2015 and we are now un-cutting corners that are appropriate for research
>> but inappropriate for production. For a research artifact with an
>> audience that knew the risks, we shipped a module because it was easier
>> to maintain and install than a kernel patch.
>
> I understand that and with a big fat warning and documentation from
> start I wouldn't have complained so vehemently.

This is a fair point. We will fix this ASAP, and I will be more careful
about this going forward.

>
> Sorry for that innuendo. Now that my anger and general frustration about
> this whole disaster have calmed down, I surely would not write that
> again.

I appreciate you saying so. Thank you.

I can also understand how frustrating the history was with this feature,
and we missed an opportunity to help sooner. There is a lot I still
don't understand about the process of merging and testing patches in
this community, but if it makes sense for us to help now, we would be
willing.

-Don

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