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1 comments 2005-11-18 LWN: Re: [Lhms-devel] [PATCH 0/7] Fragmentation Avoidance V19 [lwn.net]
When you hear voices in your head that tell you to shoot the pope, do you do what they say? Same thing goes for customers and managers. They are the crazy voices in your head, and you need to set them right, not just blindly do what they ask for.


2005-11-18 18:33 johan
Sw engineering by Linus: "IGNORE THE CRAZY PEOPLE".

"We simply DO NOT CARE about some theoretical "general case", because the
general case is (a) insane and (b) impossible to cater to without
excessive complexity.

Guys, a kernel developer needs to know when to say NO.

And we say NO, HELL NO!! to generic software-only memory hotplug.

If you are running a DB that needs to benchmark well, you damn well KNOW
IT IN ADVANCE, AND YOU TUNE FOR IT.

Nobody takes a random machine and says "ok, we'll now put our most
performance-critical database on this machine, and oh, btw, you can't
reboot it and tune for it beforehand". And if you have such a person, you
need to learn to IGNORE THE CRAZY PEOPLE.

When you hear voices in your head that tell you to shoot the pope, do you
do what they say? Same thing goes for customers and managers. They are the
crazy voices in your head, and you need to set them right, not just
blindly do what they ask for.

Linus"


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