[BUG] New Kernel Bugs

Adrian Bunk bunk at kernel.org
Tue Nov 13 12:56:10 EST 2007

On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 12:13:56PM -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 04:52:32PM +0100, Benoit Boissinot wrote:
> > Btw, I used to test every -mm kernel. But since I've switched distros
> > (gentoo->ubuntu)
> > and I have less time, I feel it's harder to test -rc or -mm kernels (I
> > know this isn't a lkml problem
> > but more a distro problem, but I would love having an ubuntu blessed
> > repo with current dev kernel
> > for the latest stable ubuntu release).
> There are two parts to this.  One is a Ubuntu development kernel which
> we can give to large numbers of people to expand our testing pool.
> But if we don't do a better job of responding to bug reports that
> would be generated by expanded testing this won't necessarily help us.

The main problem aren't missing testers [1] - we already have relatively 
experienced people testing kernels and/or reporting bugs, and we slowly 
scare them away due to the many bug reports without any reaction.

The main problem is finding experienced developers who spend time on 
looking into bug reports.

Getting many relatively unexperienced users (who need more guidance for 
debugging issues) as additional testers is therefore IMHO not 
necessarily a good idea.

> 						- Ted


[1] and e.g. when Greg says he has a few hundred people who want to
    write drivers it would most likely be possible to find a few
    dozen additional -rc testers among them


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