[alsa-devel] HG vs GIT

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Thu Feb 7 16:18:19 CET 2008

At Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:00:22 +0000,
Mark Brown wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 05:10:27AM -0800, Trent Piepho wrote:
> > On Thu, 7 Feb 2008, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> > > Right, if you are a developer, it's fine (and even better).  But, my
> > > concern is that the whole linux kernel tree might be too heavy for
> > > some casual user who just wants to try the latest version of ALSA
> > > driver...  "Download 50MB and use 350MB disk space just for a single
> > > fix?  Hell, no!"
> > You'll certainly get a lot fewer users of the latest driver code if they
> > have to download, compile and install a entire new kernel.  There are
> > plenty of people who will install new drivers, but won't even consider
> > switching from the kernel their distro came with.
> Judging from what I've seen on the IRC channels I hang around on I get
> the impression that relatively few people doing this on a user level 
> (typically people with shiny new laptops and so on) are using hg to
> access the drivers - they mostly seem to be using either the snapshot or
> release tarballs to update their existing kernels.  So long as those are
> available in a similar form I would expect these users would be
> unaffected.

I have a same impression.  I started providing daily snapshot tarballs
because so many people avoid HG when I requested for testing.

A snapshot tarball (of each commit at best) would be a convenient
solution for most of users, I guess.


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