"This is a(nother) case where a toolchain/process problem is forcing us to do something which we don't want to do. In an ideal world we should tell the git developers 'we want x, please' and hopefully they can give it to us. Because right now, we're having to work around shortcomings in git and we are producing a lesser product as a result of this.
"You're a genius. It's an honor to be of the same species."
"I'd use stronger terms, but Al Viro would sue me for copyright infringement."
"lkml is a hell-hole with a signal/noise ratio worse than slashdot."
"Licensing questions would be better off asked to lawyers, not programmers. Would you ask a random group of lawyers on a public mailing list medical questions and trust their responses?"
"I don't like to merge patches which fix typos and spellos and grammaros in comments, simply because I'd be buried in the things. I do take such fixes for user-visible text (Documentation/, kerneldoc comments and printks)."
"We've got ourselves a developing bureaucracy. As in 'more and more ways of generating activity without doing anything even remotely useful'. Complete with tendency to operate in the ways that make sense only to bureaucracy in question and an ever-growing set of bylaws..."
"Who did the reverse-engineering, and how was it done? Please make us confident that we won't get our butts sued off or something."
"Today's new kvm architecture is ia64, aka Itanium 2. Like s390, it is only provided in the git tree, not in the tarball. Windows and Linux guests are supported."
"Anyone who can correctly guess the method with which i found the exact place that corrupted memory will get a free beer next time we meet :-)"
"While we are talking about conventions, would you mind keeping lines in your mail shorter than 79 columns to avoid wraparounds in quoted text? Unlike your proposal, that one actually _is_ a common convention..."
"Every single argument you make that supports why you should not be investing the necessary time into the bug applies equally to the very developers you are so quick to quip at and want help from."
"This is poor old me trying to herd a million mad monkeys, only one escaped."
"The way I see it, the burden of debugging and fixing bugs is mainly on the developers of the code that breaks. You can't blame users for using the code, triggering bugs and then reporting the breakage. Users who report bugs are doing us all a great service regardless of their ability or willingness to do more work than just the initial report."
"We've always had some pending/unresolved issues, and I think that as our tracking gets better, there's likely to be more of them. A number of bug-reports are either hard to reproduce (often including from the reporter) or end up without updates etc.