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Re: Linux is not about choice [was Re: Fedora too cutting edge?]



Jesse Keating wrote:
On Thu, 10 Jan 2008 16:31:56 +0100
Patrice Dumas <pertusus free fr> wrote:

Why not? One could imagine that somebody steps up to package the stuff
needed by the old firewire stack? I don't know that issue very well,
but I can imagine people wanting to fix things in fedora if they are
annoying them.


Also, there is a /huge/ difference between "I can package this!" and "I
can be responsible for all the bug reports regarding this, and help to
transition folks using this to that, and help improve that along the
way."

This is the philosophical issue - but it applies whether you support backwards compatiblity or not. In the now diverged firewire juju thread there is a comment:

"Awesome, we definitely need more help. Neither krh nor I is able to spend quite as much time on juju as we'd like right now..."

Of course "stuff happens" and things aren't ever going to be perfect, but why does a fundamental change go in at the device driver level without providing a way to revert to the previous version unless there is at least some expectation of having the resources to fix the new problems that will almost certainly show up?

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