On Wed, 2002-03-27 at 07:22, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> Have you ever seen Linus merging something because it appeared on /. ?
Not because "it appeared on /.", but yes, i've seen him influenced by
popular beliefs, and making decisions based on popularity, and
buzzword-related reasons, not technical reasons.
ReiserFS is one example. It's been included when it was kind-of far from
being production-ready, just because media was starting to jump on Linux
and pound on it because "it didn't had a journalised filesystem".
But hey, i really appreciate ReiserFS and all that stuff. This is not a
flamewar. In fact, ReiserFS evolved a lot in terms of stability.
I'm merely pointing out that Linus is just human, not the "never-erring
god of The Book Of Technical Merits".
I repeat, this is not a FS flamewar. =) I'm not even sure Linus'
decision was wrong; it's likely it wasn't. Media is a big thing,
"Sorry judge, we would like to publish the file formats, but the data is
not stored in files. It is stored in a database that is an indivisible
part of the operating system." - a potential future Microsoft excuse