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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/22] Firmware interface code for IB device.
    On Sat, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:32:28AM -0800, Roland Dreier wrote:
    > Arjan> The bigger issue is: if people can't be bothered to do
    > Arjan> those steps, why would they be bothered to do this for
    > Arjan> maintenance and bugfixes etc etc? Basically it's now
    > Arjan> already a de-facto unmaintained driver....
    > I don't think that's really a fair statement. The IBM people have
    > been active and responsive in maintaining their driving in the
    > svn tree. However, they asked me to post their driver for
    > review because it would be difficult for them to do it.

    Checking stuff into a private svn tree is vastly different from posting
    to lkml in public. In fact, it looks like the svn tree is so far ahead
    of the in-kernel stuff, that most people are just using it instead of
    the in-kernel code.

    I know at least one company has asked a distro to just accept the svn
    snapshot over the in-kernel IB code, which makes me wonder if the
    in-kernel stuff is even useful to people? Why have it, if companies
    insist on using the out-of-tree stuff instead?


    greg k-h
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