Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Mar 2012 17:04 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux Linux 3.3 has been released. The changes include the merge of kernel code from the Android project. There is also support for a new architecture (TI C6X), much improved balancing and the ability to restripe between different RAID profiles in Btrfs, and several network improvements: a virtual switch implementation (Open vSwitch) designed for virtualization scenarios, a faster and more scalable alternative to the "bonding" driver, a configurable limit to the transmission queue of the network devices to fight bufferbloat, a network priority control group and per-cgroup TCP buffer limits. There are also many small features and new drivers and fixes are also available. Here's the full changelog.
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RE[2]: vSwitch?
by Kebabbert on Wed 21st Mar 2012 10:43 UTC in reply to "RE: vSwitch?"
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I can feel a bit of frustration in your post. It also sounds a bit like what software patent proponents try to protect "OMG we did it first, you shouldn't be allowed to do it too!"

How would any operating progress if everybody had to be 100% original? Every OS needs to introduce ideas, if they do not, they die. But eventually, the most popular particularities have to become mainstream and be adapted to other OSes to benefit most of us. You can always rejoice on the fact that licenses were not compatible, linux dev had to re-implement it, they couldn't steal code!

I dont have any problems with porting or stealing ideas. Not at all.

The problem I have, is when the stealer does not give credit to the original innovative hard work. Instead they pretend they are doing it all themselves from scratch and thinking deep and hard, but for a knowledgeable person it is apparent they are making a copy. It only looks ugly, when they try to hide that. Assume you have an unique idea and you tell it to a person, and that person steals your idea and claims it as his own. Would you have a problem with that? Wouldn't it be better if that person gave you cred and said it was your idea?



To exemplify, VMware copied DTrace and called it vProbes, and did gave cred to Solaris. I love that. I really hope VMware can improve DTrace and they can help each other:
http://x86vmm.blogspot.se/2007/09/presenting-vprobes.html

"...In the "credit where it's due" department: we owe an enormous debt in our thinking about this problem to our colleagues at Sun. I've never hidden my admiration for DTrace...

VMware never tried to hide the fact they copied from Solaris, they dont try to steal and grab all credit themselves.



Nor did FreeBSD or Mac OS X hide the fact they have ported DTrace. They do not claim it as their own original work.




On the other hand, Linux people copied DTrace, and what happened? Linux people tried to get all cred themselves, and pretend they did new and innovative work from scratch. That sucks badly, dont you agree?
https://blogs.oracle.com/ahl/entry/dtrace_knockoffs

"...Amusingly, in an apparent attempt to salvage their self-respect, the SystemTap team later renounced their inspiration. Despite frequent mentions of DTrace in their early meetings and email, it turns out, DTrace didn't actually inspire them much at all:

Log message:
Removed refs to dtrace, to which we were giving undue credit in terms of "inspiration."..."




Now Linux people have copied ZFS, and calls it BTRFS. Even though Chris Mason says he looks at ZFS for things to copy, Linux fans insists that BTRFS is not a copy, it is a new and original work. In a few years, all Linux people will try to hide the fact that BTRFS is a ZFS wannabe.
-No no no, BTRFS is new and innovative. It is original work. It is not a ZFS wannabe.




But IBM is not better, they are also copying DTrace and calling it AIX ProbeVue. But IBM never gives credit. Among others IBM also copied Solaris Zones, and calls it AIX WPAR. And calls WPAR new and innovative. Ugly, yes?

Solaris copied LPAR from IBM AIX, and Solaris calls it LDOMs, but this is no secret.


I have problems with people not givin credit to the originator doing all his hard work. In science you always cite other scientists work. If you tried to steal others work, it would look very ugly. But not among Linux people, apparently.

I wish Linux people did new cool stuff that everybody wanted and copied or ported. But that has not happened. Everybody copies/ports from Solaris today.

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