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SubjectRe: [ATMSAR] Request for review - update #1
On Sun, 4 Sep 2005, Alistair John Strachan wrote:

> On Sunday 04 September 2005 12:05, Giampaolo Tomassoni wrote:
>> Dears,
>> thanks to Jiri Slaby who found a bug in the AAL0 handling of the ATMSAR
>> module.
>> I attach a fixed version of the atmsar patch as a diff against the 2.6.13
>> kernel tree.
> [snip]
> Just out of curiosity, is there ANY reason why this has to be done in the
> kernel? The PPPoATM module for pppd implements (via linux-atm) a completely
> userspace ATM decoder.. if anything, now redundant ATM stack code should be
> REMOVED from Linux!
> Most distributions (to my knowledge) supporting the speedtouch modem do so
> using the method prescribed on; an entirely userspace
> procedure. pppd does all the ATM magic.
> Does this have real-world applications beyond the Speedtouch DSL modems? If
> not, I propose adding this code to linux-atm, not the kernel, since most
> users of USB speedtouch DSL modems will not be using the kernel's ATM.

I am using SpeedTouch 330 modem with kernel driver (on Gentoo).

The instalation is currently (with firmware loader instead of modem_run)
very simple: USE="atm" emerge ppp, download firmware and place it in
/lib/firmware, compile the kernel with speedtch support.

I tried to use userspace driver some time ago but it wasn't working for me
so I gave up. I was using modem_run with kernel driver for long time to
load the firmware but there were many problems with it too (nearly every
kernel or modem_run upgrade was breaking something, modem_run was hanging
in D state in most unapropriate moments and so on).

Now I am using pure kernel driver and firmware loader and it works 100%
ok. There were no problems with it for long time. And I don't even want to
look at this userspace driver again.

Since Linux newer was (or is going to be) userspace-driver OS, maybe we
should leave it that way...

Grzegorz Kulewski

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