* Gleb Natapov<gleb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 06, 2011 at 11:33:33AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > So no, your kind of cynical, defeatist sentiment about code quality is by
> > no means true in my experience. Projects become ugly gooballs once
> > maintainers stop caring enough.
> In case of Qemu it was other way around. Maintainers started caring too late.
Nah, i do not think it's ever too late to care.
Example: arch/i386 - arch/x86_64/ was very messy for many, many years and we
turned it around and can be proud of arch/x86/ today - but i guess i'm somewhat
biased there ;-)
In my experience it's entirely possible to turn a messy gooball into something
you can be proud of - it's all reversible. Start small, with the core bits you
care about most - then extend those concepts to other areas of the code base,
gradually. There might be subsystems that will never turn around before
becoming obsolete - that's not a big problem.