Dell's Linux Survey
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Thu Mar 22 04:43:39 UTC 2007
On 03/21/2007 10:41 AM, nodata wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, den 21.03.2007, 13:25 -0400 schrieb Matthew Flaschen:
>> nodata wrote:
>> > Am Dienstag, den 20.03.2007, 19:28 -0400 schrieb Matthew Flaschen:
>> >> nodata wrote:
>> >>> Am Dienstag, den 20.03.2007, 13:45 -0500 schrieb Dick Dowdell:
>> >>>> FYI - Industry pundit on the topic:
>> >>>> http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/03/19/12OPopenent_1.html?source=NLC-OPENT&cgd=2007-03-20
>> >>> It's a shame the survey was structured how it was.
>> >>> Warren Togami has it right - focus on upstream. See his blog:
>> >>> http://wtogami.livejournal.com/15101.html
>> >> Realistically, if they rigorously tested against any major distribution,
>> >> the rest would also work in most cases.
>> >> Matthew Flaschen
>> > Whereas if they tested against upstream, it would work in all
>> > distributions, unless the distro broke something.
>> But every distro breaks/changes/customizes something upstream.
> We are talking about kernels here.
> Distros tend to cherry pick patches from newer kernels, and backport
> security patches to their stable kernels.
> In Dell's case, they want their hardware working and to stay working, so
> however you look at it, they need it to work upstream.
>> part of why people choose the distro they do. Moreover, testing against
>> upstream is more work for Dell then testing against a single distro.
> It should be less work, because they don't have to keep checking that
> their non-upstreamed changes still work.
> Why do you say it would be more work?
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