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SubjectRe: aic7xxx (and sym53c8xx) plans


On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Peter Samuelson wrote:

> [Justin Gibbs]
> > I've verified the driver's functionality on 25 different cards thus
> > far covering the full range of chips from aic7770->aic7899.
>
> That's very good to hear. I know the temptation of only testing on new
> hardware; that's why I was concerned.
>
> > Lots of people here at Adaptec look at me funny when I pull a PC from
> > the scrap-heap, or pull an old, discontinued card from an unused
> > marketing display for use in my lab
>
> Heh. (:
>
> BTW, is there really enough common ground between the whole series of
> AIC chips to justify a single huge driver? I know they ship three
> separate NT drivers to cover this range..

LSILOGIC also ship 3 drivers to cover the 53C810 - 53C1010 range on NT.
And, btw, these chips are all PCI.

Doing so, 12 different drivers would be needed to cover 4 different O/Ses,
for example. These drivers (I spoke about both LSILOGIC and ADAPTEC
drivers for NT) obviously work for i386, but what about architecture
dependencies at source level?

May-be this is the reason some UNIX vendors seem to love UDI. :)

If you also use SYMBIOS chips, you may give a try with SYM-2. For the
moment, it replaces only 6 drivers :) as also seems to do, for the moment,
Justin's AIC7XXX-6, by the way.

The plans seem clear to me. :-)
Btw, I _do_ like a lot better the 'one driver' plan over the '12 or more'
one.

Gérard.

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