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    SubjectRe: [GIT *] Allow request_firmware() to be satisfied from in-kernel, use it in more drivers.
    Arjan van de Ven wrote:
    > On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:41:19 -0700
    > Andrew Morton <> wrote:
    >> On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:23:26 -0700
    >> David Woodhouse <> wrote:
    >>> Linus, please pull from the for-2.6.27 branch of:
    >>> git://
    >>> for-2.6.27
    >> The firmware flamewars seem to have subsided lately. Is everyone
    >> happy with this now?
    > this seems to have left the contentious pieces out....

    Correction: It seems to have completely ignored contentious issues,
    which is not the same thing.

    It -removes- the ability to build firmware into the kernel module -- a
    currently deployed, highly reliable configuration.

    I'm not surprised that fact was snipped in David's submission --
    wouldn't want to mention that you are unconditionally replacing a
    reliable method of firmware loading with a less reliable one.

    Building the firmware into the kernel is far less useful than it
    appears: often users lack the ability to maintain their own vmlinuz
    kernel image build, but do build updated drivers. e.g. driver disks for
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

    IMO the newly added /inability/ to build firmware into kernel modules is
    a clear regression.


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