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Re: [Xen-devel] [Hackathon Minutes] Xen 4.4 Planning

>>> On 13.06.13 at 23:03, Alex Bligh <alex@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The thing we like the second least about Xen is how long it seems to take
> to get what we count as serious bugs fixed, even in stable releases.

I think applicable bug fixes get applied to the stable branches in
quite timely a manner, at least on the hypervisor side. Hence I
can only assume that you're unhappy with the rate of stable
releases. Yet I don't think we're going to get anywhere near of
the almost weekly stable releases that get done for Linux. As
you also didn't say what expectations you really have, it's hard
to take out anything useful from that complaint.

> We like it even less if we have to find them and fix them.

But isn't that how open source projects work - everyone contributes
and fixes bugs. If you don't want to help fixing bugs, I'm afraid
there's also no good reason for you to complain they don't get fixed.

> By 'serious' I mean basic functionality not working, crashes dom0, etc.

When did we last break Dom0, and not fix it in a timely manner?

> The result of this is two-fold. Firstly, we've never (yet) been able to
> run a production version of xen which is a standard xen release. We've
> always had to maintain our own patches even on 'stable' releases.
> Frankly, this is a pain.

But if you don't contribute back your patches, how do you expect
them to get accepted/merged? Or are you saying that it's _far_
more than occasional that patches from you get entirely lost?


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