On 19 Aug 2011, at 01:00, Greg KH wrote:
On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 09:50:25PM -0400, Arnaud
Dear openSUSE users,
we are a team of researchers from the GSD Lab of the University of Waterloo
(ON, Canada). We do research on configuration methods and algorithms and are
conducting a study on the problems faced by users during the configuration of
the Linux kernel. We would greatly appreciate it if you could answer this
It should not take you more than 15 minutes to complete.
Thank you very much for your contribution.
As someone who has been configuring kernels for many years, your
questions don't seem to make much sense. What are your goals here with
your study? Are you looking to improve the way the kernel is
Yes, our goal is to improve how the kernel is configured and, ultimately, how
other systems are configured. We are studying the Linux kernel because it is
probably the configurable system that has the largest number of users across
To know what to improve, we first need to know where the challenges are, hence
this study. For instance, we would like to know if the activation of inactive
options is problematic. If so, depending on how users generally address the
problem, we will be able to suggest new ways of assisting them during
Note, creating a configuration for a kernel to be used
for a distro, is
very different from an embedded machine which the kernel will only run
on one specific hardware configuration, does the way the kernel is
configured somehow not meet these divergant needs?
Well, that is a good question. Hopefully, this study will (partly) answer it.
Thank you for your clarification questions. Hope my answers help.
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