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Kernel Log: Who�s responsible for troubleshooting and quality assurance?

Jul 28, 2010, 12:34 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"Recently, a Red Hat developer got rid of a flaw in an Intel graphics driver, probably for a special corporate customer. For years, the flaw had been a thorn in the side of numerous users of systems with the 945GM chip-set. Now, Theodore 'tytso' Tso has stated in a discussion on LKML that users have to accept more responsibility for troubleshooting and quality assurance.

"A change recently implemented in kernel 2.6.35 shows how developers from different companies collaborate on the kernel, what good support contracts with Linux distributors are, and how commercial interests influence the development of Linux and troubleshooting. The change was made by Red Hat's DRM subsystem maintainer Dave Arlie to solve some stability problems and prevent crashes that reportedly occurred on a lot of systems with Intel's 945GM, which was launched in 2006 and is mainly used in notebooks.

"Developers have known about the problem for years because a large number of users reported it (1). As Arlie writes in the git-pull-request, there was an "enterprise reason" for this change and other corrections made to the DRM subsystem..."

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