Linux 3.8-rc6 Kernel Is Bigger Than Linus Would Like
Phoronix: Linux 3.8-rc6 Kernel Is Bigger Than Linus Would Like
While flying over to Brussels for FOSDEM, Linus Torvalds released the sixth Linux 3.8 kernel RC. Unfortunately this weekly development release is larger than Linus would like for this late in the development cycle...
I would find hundreds of patches to be a good thing, assuming they all fix or improve things instead of add new features. I think Linus should accept as many fix patches as possible.
Sure but he doesn't want to miss his scuba diving...
Problem is that you can't make that assumption. Every project has an intrinsic "breakage rate" - I usually go with "severity-weighted number of new problems introduced by the fixes" over "severity-weighted number of fixed problems". The rate depends on code complexity, consistency of developer experience, upstream test/review procedures etc.. and is usually fairly low, but I have seen the number reach 30% in large projects with complex code (ie code which was overdue for refactoring).
Originally Posted by schmidtbag
When you get close to release you need to be sensitive to the chance that interaction between two or more fixes will introduce a subtle, sneaky, serious new bug which will derail the release and be difficult to trace back to a specific fix. As a consequence, well run projects either drastically reduce the number of bugs they accept as release date approaches or drastically raise the amount of upstream testing and/or review required for last minute fixes, usually a combination of both.
Shh. Code analysis and software testing is a decade behind in FOSS land. Of corse they are in denial about it, because linuxrunssupercomputers (tm).
Originally Posted by bridgman
The kernel is full of bugs anyway. Nobody tests anything these days.
I don't understand Linus reasoning here.
There are projects who beg for patches/contributions, and on the other hand Linus is actually unhappy that people contribute to Linux?
Or is Linus just not happy when people send big patches during the rc releases?
Last edited by asdx; 02-01-2013 at 09:18 PM.
The kernel is full of bugs? Like what? Nearly all bugs i encounter are userland based. The only kernel specific problem i encounter is ACPI stuff, whether that be power saving or suspension.
Originally Posted by BO$$