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    SubjectRE: Areca arcmsr kernel integration for 2.6.18?
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    I posted a feature enchancement request to the Novell bugzilla for the
    10.2 openSUSE release (currently scheduled for 2.6.18 AFAIK, depends on
    upstream timelines), and the response from Greg was this:

    "If this driver is in the mainline kernel, it will show up in our
    releases, and that's the only way we can accept it at this point in
    time. We will not backport it to an older kernel version."

    If the driver goes into 2.6.19 this means 8 to 12 months of time before
    our workstations will be supported enough by Novell to start a more
    widespread deployment in the company out of the test lab. We would
    prefer this driver to be made available earlier, if only to make
    installation more feasible and kernel upgrades possible.

    -Ted Bullock
    Nortel Networks

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Alan Cox [mailto:alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk]
    Sent: August 24, 2006 5:41 AM
    To: Arjan van de Ven
    Cc: Dax Kelson; Greg KH; James Bottomley; Andrew Morton; Bullock,
    Theodore (WIC:2J00); robm@fastmail.fm; brong@fastmail.fm;
    erich@areca.com.tw; greg@kroah.com; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
    Subject: Re: Areca arcmsr kernel integration for 2.6.18?

    Ar Iau, 2006-08-24 am 10:34 +0200, ysgrifennodd Arjan van de Ven:
    > > The current Fedora Core 6 development (and consequently RHEL5 and
    > > CentOS5) is using 2.6.18-rc kernels (actually as of yesterday, your
    > > git tree).
    >
    > .. and those distros can't pull in this driver because..... ?

    FC6 policy is to follow upstream very closely. RHEL may vary.

    I don't think its fair to ask Greg to make this decision and James has
    already given a clear answer.

    Alan

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