We show up

It’s really common for pitches to managements within companies about Linux kernel upstreaming to focus on cost savings to vendors from getting their code into the kernel, especially in the embedded space. These benefits are definitely real, especially for vendors trying to address the general market or extend the lifetime of their devices, but they […]

Chasing patches into Linux

One thing that often seems to cause problems for people who work over many different areas of the Linux kernel is the process of making sure that patches actually get reviewed and applied. Where the relevant subsystem is actively maintained it’s not a problem but that’s not always the case. Sometimes maintainers are busy or […]

Getting kernel support

[This is a slight modification of something I posted to the alsa-devel list earlier today.] One of the biggest surprises that people starting to use Linux seem to run into is that you can’t rely on any particular support level from the community – everything is done on a voluntary basis and the responses will […]

Touching like spacemen

Rhonda, have you reported the SCons problems you’ve found to either the Debian mantainer or upstream? That’s much more likely to be an effective way of improving things than blogging about them. For what it’s worth the .scons files are a bug in the SCons core AFAICT (it needs a distclean equivalent that doesn’t appear […]

It’s just not Kansas

One of the biggest “we’re not in Kansas any more” monents I’ve had with Rails was during a discussion of a conference that a lot of people had been to recently. While we were talking about how the important part of conferences is normally nothing to do with the official schedule I mentioned a story […]