Kernel Source Useless?

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http://forum.xda-developers.com – I'm genuinely curious if this big kernel source drop is going to be beneficial to us or not. I've heard two sides to the story: 1. "HTC b trollin' man, they drop source and release a new kernel..." 2. Devs can use the old kernel and fix the issues that HTC fixed, along with the other issues AOSP ROMs were having like sound and MMS. I have no idea what's going on, and I'm curious whether I should expect things to blow up here soon, or if this kernel source has been essentially useless. I'm generally unaware of how long it takes devs to pick apart the kernel code and utilize it. A (HowTos)