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SubjectRe: [OFFTOPIC] Re: *** next draft - press release ***
On Mon, 18 Jan 1999, Alan Cox wrote:

> > * Poor ISA PnP support. It's difficult to support well at all, but
> > the fact that it's currently done by a user-land tool that is
> > independent of kernel resource allocations is a serious problem.
> No thats not the problem really. The problem is that isapnp has a user
> interface flaw (it hasnt got one basically). If you had a nice
> Gnome/KDE/whatever GUI front end to isapnp you wouldnt even have noticed
> it wasnt in the kernel.
> Its a user-interface problem.

I disagree here. For something as simple as ISA PnP, doing the hardware
access is userspace is not good.

I particularly like the isapnp modules which the ALSA people have. I
don't know the PnP "protocol" well, but it seems to be about as simple as
is reasonable, while still providing good user (/proc/isapnp) and kernel
(functions like PCI - find_device(), &c) interfaces.

In short, I think it fits the "hardware detection framework" which Linus
said was the only PnP which we would be seeing on


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