I am in tune with what he has to say about
Torvalds also discussed the issue of kernel testing overall and noted that testing drivers on real hardware is problematic. He sees a need to encourage the Linux user community to be part of testing recent kernels. "That's the only way we find the strange hardware quirks," he said. "Most developers have something modern, and the rest the rest of the world has older stuff."
On the distro teams I belong to. I am the guinea pig kernel tester, and I also grab kernels from other developers and test on everything from IBM A22M laptops with floppy drives to Emachine single core AMD , ati graphics, to all kinds of netbooks I also have in my possession.
I consider user
kernel testing a integral part
of a a distro going from alpha to a release version.
More users should consider having the same mindset, if not having the funds to donate to a Linux project.
It is not that hard to test a new kernel and not that hard to un-install a testing kernel for any developer.
It is also not that hard to give intelligent feedback also. The person who configured the kernel will tell you
how to do this and you might learn something new in the process. Win, Win, as far as I see it.
I am kinda surprised he noticed and mentioned this,
Every little bit helps. No?
It seems to me the least one can do to help.
Not a rocket scientist here. Just a Scooter Tramp Biker with a GED.