From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 09:13:17 EST
On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 09:39:32AM -0400, Chris Mason wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-05-13 at 09:18, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 04:25:40AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > >...
> > > Wim explained that any application changes now won't be widely deployed for
> > > another year. During that period the ability to run existing Oracle setups
> > > requires that hugepage allocation be available to unprivileged
> > > applications.
> > >...
> > > It means that if people install a kernel.org machine on their database
> > > server, the database *just won't work*. This is not good for those users,
> > > for the kernel developers or for Linux's reputation in general.
> > >...
> > That sounds silly when talking about Oracle.
> > Oracle says:
> > Which Kernels are supported?
> > Oracle does not support modified or recompiled kernels. Recompiled
> > kernels are not supported with or without source modifications.
> > I doubt there are many "existing Oracle setups" that will risk to lose
> > all Oracle support by installing a different kernel.
> No, I doubt so as well. Then again, why force them into a vendor
> kernel? At the very least, it would be nice to be able to benchmark
> vanilla against the vendors.
I think I recall times when code contributions to the kernel were only
judged by their quality and not by the needs of some non-free apps or
what vendors did.
Either my memory is wrong, or these times are gone now...
"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed
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