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SubjectRe: ARM promising platform, needs to learn from PC.
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> I'm suggesting splitting out the crazy part into a separate project
> that does this. Open-source. Like a mini-kernel.

linus, i'm surprised, shocked even! are you seriously proposing that
the linux kernel be split into two, ooo, i dunno... something along
the lines of a core and an OSKit v2.0? the last time OSKit was
created it didn't go down too well :) but seriously: yes, i also came
up with this idea, and, whilst it sounds like a great idea in
principle, it is merely "moving the problem".

likewise with any other ideas such as allowing the linux kernel to be
a userspace application (running under L4KA or other microkernel).

so i think you'll find that whilst such ideas are great in principle,
they merely solve _your_ stress levels, not anyone else's :)

> Because the thing is,
> the main kernel doesn't care, and _shouldn't_ care. Those board files
> are just noise.

yes, and they're necessary. they link everything together, for the
actual real-world manufacturer shipping the real-world customised
one-of-a-kind mass-volume product, of which there are merely many many
thousands if not millions of units sold.

yes, it initially sounded like i was arguing "in favour" of those...
noisy-board-files, but you can see - if you read to the end of the
sentence - i'm most certainly not.

this is where the "selfish patch is out, collaborative patches are
in" rule would come into play.

under the proposed rule, such board files would *not* qualify.

however, if that board file was for a device that was part of a
collaboration (such as: it was for the pandaboard, IMX53QSB, or its
hardware CAD/CAM files were available under an OSI-Approved License),
i would argue that it *should* qualify.

i've listed examples of each, in the FAQ.

it would be good to be able to clearly link each concrete example to
a real-world case where linux developers have clearly gone "argggh!",
to evaluate how effective the proposed "selfish is out, collaboration
is in" rule would be.

l.


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