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SubjectRe: Free Linux Driver Development!
On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 17:06:07 -0500 Dave Jones wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 12:12:58PM -0800, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>
> > > There are many out-of-tree drivers (ivtv, lirc, various webcam drivers,
> > > enhanced USB keyboard handlers...) with merging not planified or taking
> > > ages.
> >
> > See my above comment about lirc. As for the others, everyone knows
> > where we are at, and what the critera is for getting their code into the
> > tree, so it's not like we are hiding anywhere :)
>
> The webcam situation has bugged me a few times. I regularly get reports
> from our users that they buy some new ov5xx based camera, and the in-tree
> driver doesn't work. The out of tree one is a huge delta, and even
> begat a separate driver for the later chips iirc.
>
> I contacted the upstream author a number of times to find out why he
> stopped sending updates. No replies. Just taking his driver and
> sending updates myself seemed kinda rude, but at the same time,
> users are losing out.

Yes, I've contacted him (or one of him :) several times also
since I own one of those not-in-tree webcams... Always some holdup.

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~Randy
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