Re: [git pull] drm request 3

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Mar 04 2010 - 14:41:41 EST

On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> You're asking volunteers who didn't ask for their driver to be merged to
> perform more work in order to support users they didn't ask for.

And _you_ are making excuses for BAD TECHNICAL DECISIONS!

Come on! How hard is it to admit that that the change was done badly? How
hard is it to admit that this isn't a political issue, it's about pure
technology. There are good ways of doing things, and there are way sof
doing things badly.

I'm pointing to real _technical_ problems with how this was done. I'm
talking about how this hurts testing, and how we've been able to handle
things in other cases (with versioning, and forwards- or backwards-
compatibility) without this kind of crap.

If you can't handle backwards compatibility - fine. But I get the very
strong feeling that people didn't even _think_ about trying to be at least
forwards-compatible, and I'm getting the _very_ strong feeling that you
are making excuses for bad technology.

Is there some model of versioning inside X _except_ for the "it won't
work" kind of thing? Can we fix this going forward, so that you can have
_real_ versioning (ie multiple installed versions of a libdrm, the way you
can have concurrently multiple installed versions of glibc?)

IOW, we have a real technical problem here. Are you just going to continue
to make excuses about it?

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