But now that I have you in my custody, I may do with you what I please.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

I sketched out a quick prototype of a Kernel ChangeLog viewer:

Choose the kernel on the left, select the changelog summary at the top and the text is shown in the bottom pane.

I spend a fair amount of time reading kernel changelogs and something like this (but with nice filtering and searching) would be useful. The only major problems I see are :

  • "Recent" changelog entries have one format, older ones have another.
  • You need to download a lot of changelog files locally for it to be useful.

Anyway if you follow kernels you might like the idea, if not the implementation. I look forward to seeing your improved version. (Doesn't free software rock? ;)

ObSubject: Aeon Flux



Comments On This Entry

[gravitar] Anonymous

Submitted at 07:59:05 on 27 december 2009

I'll take gitk over that, thanks. :)

It has great filtering, searching, diffs, and various other niceties for following development.

[author] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 08:00:39 on 27 december 2009

Heh. Good call.

I'd never even considered using that, mostly because I want to use released kernels rather than anything more "in progress".

[gravitar] Kai Hendry

Submitted at 11:34:07 on 29 december 2009

Why not make it a Web application / service?

[author] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 11:48:35 on 29 december 2009

Kai that didn't even occur to me, but is a great idea!


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