Yes, you’re right. I’m afraid I worded that a bit poorly. I was meant to say “I’m wondering why Arch still has that bug report open”.
They can just say: “Ok, you have the chance to add the vmd module into mkinitcpio.conf at the chroot stage of the installation process. Closing bug report”
Do you mean a kernel patch? If so, that would be interesting.
For me, adding defaults to mkinitcpio.conf makes sense. I agree with the idea of adding modules there if that helps to mitigate most outstanding issues.
Another case for that would be making EKMS a default by adding the i915 and amdgpu modules there (among others). That would help a lot preventing some graphics issues, especially on optimus laptops.
Now, if there’s a point on keeping mkinitcpio.conf pristine, I wouldn’t be against that. I don’t see it at the moment, though. I might be wrong here but I think Manjaro is forking that package anyway.