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Subjectorinoco_usb Request For Comments

As many of you already know, I have been working on a variant of the
standard orinoco driver to support ORiNOCO USB devices.

I now believe that it is stable enough for the kernel, and I would like
to get it integrated in the official kernel tree.

At first I tried convincing David to accept the changes in the standard
orinoco driver but he was (rightfully) skeptic. Then Jean Tourrilhes
opened my eyes, the changes touch carefully crafted locking semantics
and could give trouble (although it has been working well for quite a
while), and suggested adding it as an independent (alternative) driver.

It has happened before with rtl8139/8139too and others, while the new
driver probes it's merits stability conscious people can still use the
standard driver.

I know that there are some issues, this is what I plan to do:
- Beautify the source
- Function renaming for consistency
- Moving code around for structure
- Remove reg_name()/rid_name()?
- Cleanup bridge_or_reg/bridge_read_reg/bridge_write_reg to the
minimum possible.
- Implement my own orinoco_interrupt using
__orinoco_ev_* directly.
- Add '-exp' to all module names and offer them as an
alternative in Kconfig.
- I have renamed a couple of functions so they don't get
mixed with the standard orinoco modules.

Please comment, how much of that or what else needs to be done to get
it in the kernel?

Also suggestions on better ways to do the USB vs. PCMCIA abstraction
would be welcomed, although IMHO that could be polished later.

Oh, and since I am at it, I wouldn't mind cleaning kcompat.h for
inclusion in 2.4 kernels to make driver porting easier. I have also
been working in porting lirc so I could put it all together (the
kcompat.h stuff) for 2.4 inclusion.

The code can be downloaded from

Or if you want to look at independent files:

And for the record, the web page for the project is:

BTW, for comparison purposes, it was last merged with standard

Have a nice day


PS: Sorry for the long message.
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change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.
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