[coreboot] [PATCH] We're not just version 2 anymore

Peter Stuge peter at stuge.se
Fri Oct 30 17:44:07 CET 2009

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> this move has a total cost of roughly 18*2*20=720 minutes for the
> core committers.

The cost when compared to this discussion and many others like it
strikes me as negligible.

> net benefit.
> net loss.

I'm afraid you're ignoring the value of clear structure and good
naming. This is important to ensure as low an entry level as
possible. Which in turn is crucial in order to reach as many users,
and developers, as possible.

> This suspiciously sounds like Gentoo. "I can save 2 seconds of
> startup if I recompile the whole system for days."

It sounds like you (like so many others) have missed the point of
Gentoo; it's not that users should compile for maximum binary
performance, but that users should be able to make all choices that
they want.

Many Linux users do not care squat about choice and are really happy
with the latest cute bear distribution. Others enjoy the power of
choice very much, probably not because it gives them 2 seconds faster
execution, but perhaps because they feel more involved in how their
system works.

The choices made by Gentoo users is irrelevant. The fact that they
_can_ make those choices is what I think makes Gentoo unique.


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