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Torvalds Bemoans Size of RC7 For Linux Kernel 3.5 158

Posted by samzenpus
from the too-big dept.
alphadogg writes "A host of small modifications and a large number of system-on-a-chip and PowerPC fixes inflated the size of release candidate No. 7 for Version 3.5 of the Linux kernel, according to curator Linus Torvalds' RC7 announcement, made on Saturday. Torvalds wasn't happy with the extensive changes, most of which he said he received Friday and Saturday, saying 'not cool, guys' in the announcement. However, the occasionally combustible kernel curator didn't appear to view this as a major setback. 'Now, admittedly, most of this is pretty small. The loadavg calculation fix patch is pretty big, but quite a lot of that is added comments,' he wrote, referring to the subroutine that measures system workload."
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Torvalds Bemoans Size of RC7 For Linux Kernel 3.5

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  • wow (Score:4, Insightful)

    by masternerdguy (2468142) on Monday July 16, 2012 @03:53PM (#40665933)
    Linus is getting bitchy lately.
  • Re:wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PreparationH67 (1971850) on Monday July 16, 2012 @03:56PM (#40665971)
    Eh, at bit. But I will defend his ripping into the opensuse devs about using the root password for everything until my last breath.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @03:59PM (#40666011)

    Linus bitches and moans about the size of every release candidate. Better that broken stuff gets fixed now rather than with an ever-lengthenng string of point releases after the fact.

  • Hold on a second. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Millennium (2451) on Monday July 16, 2012 @04:00PM (#40666015) Homepage

    If I'm reading the article correctly, this isn't so much about file size as about the number of bugs fixed. Or rather, how many bugs still needed fixing in what was supposed to be the seventh release candidate of the kernel: something one would not expect to find so many bugs in very quickly.

    Is this the case?

  • Re:wow (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @04:15PM (#40666143)
    The only people who bitch more than Linux users about problems brought upon themselves, are Vegetarians/Vegans
  • by jgrahn (181062) on Monday July 16, 2012 @05:14PM (#40666679)

    Are we talking about source code size, or the actual binary footprint on any individual supported system?

    Neither. He's talking about the size of the diff from the previous release candidate (although it's impossible to tell from TFA).

  • by Cyrano de Maniac (60961) on Monday July 16, 2012 @05:38PM (#40666867)

    The way to achieve what you say Linus wants is for him to reject/postpone changes that fall outside RC criteria. "Sorry, the train has left the station. There's another one due to leave at 3.6." When developers learn that the development phase criteria are enforced they will adjust their behavior to fall in line, but contrapositively they will not adjust their behavior if the criteria are not enforced.

    My sympathy is miniscule -- if RC-appropriate changes are what he wants then he should reject/postpone the changes in question as falling outside RC criteria instead of kvetching about them. It's a self-made and self-perpetuated problem; developers will abuse largesse only as long as they are allowed to.

  • Re:wow (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Short Circuit (52384) <mikemol@gmail.com> on Monday July 16, 2012 @06:14PM (#40667141) Homepage Journal

    I doubt Linus is getting more bitchy than normal. He's just had more 'popular' exposure and attention of and to his rants than normal. It's easy to guess why: Google+ gives him a lot more exposure and spread. Prior to his posting the rant against the root password requirement on Google+, I don't think I'd seen any of his opinions outside of near-fluff interview pieces or, possibly, LKML emails.

    Certainly, people didn't care as much until they saw him lambast OpenSuSE developers. That got their attention and interest, and so folks like Slashdot and NetworkWorld are more likely to cover it. Heck, this kind of story is even out of character for /..

    Linus only seems more bitchy because people are looking at him more.

  • by Kjella (173770) on Monday July 16, 2012 @06:22PM (#40667223) Homepage

    The way to achieve what you say Linus wants is for him to reject/postpone changes that fall outside RC criteria. "Sorry, the train has left the station. There's another one due to leave at 3.6." When developers learn that the development phase criteria are enforced they will adjust their behavior to fall in line, but contrapositively they will not adjust their behavior if the criteria are not enforced.

    He does. All the time. And people try bending the rules and stretching the definitions. All the time. You make it sound like Linus only had to tell them once and everybody'd go "well alright then" but it's more like a horny teenager with a girl on the back row of the cinema. No matter how many times those hands are pushed back they'll be back in a slightly different way or after another round of sweet talk. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about or what this "girl" thing is, you can imagine it's like the lobbyists in politics. No matter how many times a bill is defeated they'll keep pushing for new laws that amount to the same. In all three cases they just don't quit until they succeed.

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