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    SubjectRe: PATCH: Raw device IO for 2.1.131

    On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Chris Evans wrote:

    > On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Matthew Jacob wrote:
    > > > Based on 1) 2) and 3), I predict that raw devices will be standard on any
    > > > "serious" linux distribution by the way of a vendor added kernel patch. It
    > > > doesn't really matter if the patches aren't in the "official" kernel tree.
    > > >
    > >
    > > *groan*
    > >
    > > ... and there was Net2 and then NetBSD which begat OpenBsd and FreeBSD....
    > >
    > > Separate trees and confusion does not help us. Sigh.....
    > It's not another tree, it's just some vendor additions maintained as a
    > patch not a tree.
    > Look at the "big" distributions - how many of those do you think ship
    > vanilla, unaltered 2.0.x kernels? Not many, if any, to save you the
    > trouble of looking.

    Umm- point taken- I guess I wasn't thinking very clearly. You're right-
    it's actually true that when people ask me "what version of linux" to get-
    I tell them that, like AIX, "linux doesn't have a release level- there are
    various collections of packages that make up 'well known' releases'.

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