Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 08:37 UTC
Linux

Pretty much for my entire career in Linux USB (eight years now?), we've been complaining about how USB device power management just sucks. We enable auto-suspend for a USB device driver, and find dozens of different USB devices that simply disconnect from the bus when auto-suspend is enabled.

For years, we've blamed those devices for being cheap, crappy, and broken. We talked about blacklists in the kernel, and ripped those out when they got too big. We've talked about whitelists in userspace, but not many distros have time to cultivate such lists.

It turns out it's not always the device's fault.

Fascinating bug.

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ze_jerkface
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2012-06-22

It should be viewed as a property, not an ideal or inherently superior for software progress.

If it were actually inherently superior then there would not be thousands of abandoned open source projects all waiting for "many eyes" and "many brains" to work on them. Furthermore there are tons of open software projects where bugs stay open for years even though the "many eyes" already found them since there are limited number of volunteer developers available.

Anyways paid eyes and paid brains beat volunteer eyes and volunteer brains. Open source can be useful but then so can a paid tester whose job it is to spend 40 hours a week looking for bugs in proprietary code that open source religion would find too boring to even glance at for 5 minutes.

It's really the money that matters outside of software that hobbyists find interesting. I'll take 5 paid developers over 100 volunteers any day of the week. I don't care if the source is open or proprietary.

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