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    SubjectRe: [GIT *] Allow request_firmware() to be satisfied from in-kernel, use it in more drivers.


    On Tue, 15 Jul 2008, david@lang.hm wrote:
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    > David W has made it very clear that the eventual intent of this patch series
    > is to remove all firmware from the kernel tree and have it shipped as a
    > seperate package.

    I don't think that kind of black-and-white model is necessarily
    attainable. Nor do I think it's even _good_.

    It's probably the right thign for _some_ firmware, assuming we have models
    that just make it easy enough - for drivers where it's generally better
    for distros to get the firmware from vendors rather than the kernel.

    But there is certainly nothing inherently good in forcing a split.

    I think both sides here need to calm down and stop being so extreme.

    I do want request_firmware() to be the way to load firmware (and possibly
    other configuration data too, for that matter - I don't think it's
    necessarily wrong for people to "misuse" it for other long-term data
    despite the name), and I do want people to be able to update firmware
    easily without having to force a kernel bump, but I also don't think it
    means that firmware has to go away from the kernel sources.

    So I think the _infrastructure_ is important. But the extreme "you have to
    split it off entirely" mindset is equally as stupid as the "you must
    compile it into the module" mindset.

    Linus


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