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    SubjectRe: Direct access to hardware
    On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Stephen Frost wrote:

    > On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, James Sutherland wrote:
    >
    > > The proper interface will allow the very small handful of utilities which
    > > need to bypass these checks (to update firmware or whatever) to do so,
    > > while preventing other access.
    >
    > The proper interface... You mean like the nice clean interface
    > we currently have that will just be cluttered up by these attempts to
    > filter it?

    There is NOTHING "nice [and] clean" about the current abomination of "do
    everything in userland, however stupid". In the long term, it won't be
    "cluttered up", it will be removed and replaced by a sane interface which
    doesn't require the keys to the universe just to change the drive
    powersave settings.


    James.


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