[oclug] How open nature of Linux can work against it.
rbrockway at opentrend.net
Sun Aug 13 02:38:22 EDT 2006
On Sat, 12 Aug 2006, Bill Strosberg wrote:
> Validation is just window dressing and ass covering for PHB executives,
> it has no application in the real world. It give executives someone to
Oh definitely. Unfortunately it is still present and a requirement for
some purchasing decisions.
IMHO validation presumes a level of maturity in the IT industry as a whole
which is not yet present. Our industry is all of 60 years old - I expect
it won't start to approach true maturity until long after I have retired.
> Hardware validation is worse, as you can not purchase the exact same
> system five minutes apart in the real world. Parts change. You can't
I was thinking about this again recently. I'm sick of hardware being
pushed to market so fast that the firmware is often buggy. Debugging a
firmware problem can be very timeconsuming (if it is feasible at all).
I strongly dislike end users being treated as beta testers for new h/w.
I'd really prefer h/w vendors to slow down a bit and start providing
better tested equipment to the market. Unfortunately this seems to be
infeasible in the current market. I simply avoid buying bleeding edge h/w
and allow other people to do the beta testing. I'll pick up the
motherboard when it is on its 3rd or 4th bios revision (and is cheaper
to boot :)
> design a board today that can be built two years from now. Parts people
Yes this is very annoying from the POV of wanting to maintain consistency
across systems purchased at seperate times. It is almost impossible.
This comes back to the maturity I mentioned: If the industry as a whole
was serious about producing stable computing environments we'd take a
breath, put the brakes on, and focus on producing more robust rather than
faster systems every other week.
> The problem with a static testing criteria is that real world problems
> never seem to use the testing methodology. In the real world, problems
> crop up from issues outside the validation criteria, again and again.
In that case the testing criteria are inadequate and need to be fixed.
This takes time of course - time that can't be dedicated because the
engineers need to get the next motherboard to market :)
> If I owned a make of car that ONE GUY in the world could legally fix, or
> I could choose another brand that thousands could legally fix, I would
> choose the latter, not the former!
A great historial example of open standards is the use if screw threads.
Up until the 19th century screw/screw driver designs were unstandardised.
Each machine shop used its own standards and the only feasible way to get
new tools for a particular machine was to go back to that machine shop
(vendor) to purchase the tools (that were no doubt offered at an inflated
rate). Imagine trying to surprive today without standardised screws and
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