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Linus Torvalds on regression, laziness and having his code rejected

Jan 21, 2009, 15:32 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Angus Kidman)

[ Thanks to Dan Warne for this link. ]

"Torvalds added that trying to work out the proportion of systems that might be affected by a regressive fix was a waste of time. "The number of machines does not matter. you always hear about machines that break; you never hear about machines that work. If you tell me this fixes more than it breaks, I laugh in your face."

"The policy explain why Linux doesn't suffer from large service pack updates a la Windows which are supposed to solve major security problems but often render entire enterprise application suites unusable.

"Torvalds also revealed why he rarely faces the situation of having his own code rejected from the kernel. Despite what you might think, it's not because of any sense of awe from the wider Linux community. "

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