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Thu, 23 Sep 2004

Sour grapes in kernel coding - 19:36
Sitting in CLUG currently and not really paying attention to the talk, I should probably do some blogging. (well I could do some work, but hey this is different) On Andrew Over's blog today he wrote something about the DTrace features in Solaris 10. Now personally I don't really care about DTrace, however I read his links anyway. It is entertaining to see some comments from one of the Sun engineers about the Linux Trace Toolkit developers.

Basically the LTT developers are whining about LTT not being accepted into the mainline Linux kernel causing the LTT to lag and allow dtrace to be a more advanced technology. I have to agree with the Sun guys here, it seems to be sour grapes. In the case of the Linux kernel you simply need to work with the kernel maintainers the way they wish to work. First provide code and tests or performance data to back up your ideas to prove that some feature should be in the kernel. Then publicly work with the kernel maintainers to integrate your code and ideas in small patches. Do not try to develop elsewhere for some amount of time and then submit a huge monolithic patch then whine when it is rejected.

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