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Communicating requirements to kernel developers

Jul 24, 2009, 04:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"Dave Jones's response was instructive:

What exactly is the problem ? They know where linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org is, so why aren't they talking to us there?

"To developers who are used to the ways of linux-kernel, and who are well established in that community, a question like this might make sense. If one were to poll developers who do not normally hang out in the kernel community, though, one might get an answer something like this:

"The volume on linux-kernel is far too high for ordinary people to cope with.

"Even if we could keep up with linux-kernel, the volume is still likely to bury anything we might post there.

"Kernel people speak their own language, making it hard to follow discussions, much less participate in them.

"If somebody does notice our request, they will probably flame it to a cinder without necessarily taking the time to understand it first.

"If they don't flame it, they will probably tell us to send a patch, but we're not kernel developers and thus not in a position to do that."

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