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SubjectRE: Linux/Pro [was Re: Coding style - a non-issue]
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org
> [mailto:linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org]On Behalf Of Alan Cox
> Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2001 2:06 AM
> To: Andrew Morton
> Cc: Davide Libenzi; Larry McVoy; Daniel Phillips; Henning
> Schmiedehausen; Jeff Garzik; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: Linux/Pro [was Re: Coding style - a non-issue]

> Another thing for 2.5 is going to be to weed out the unused and
> unmaintained
> drivers, and either someone fixes them or they go down the comsic
> toilet and
> we pull the flush handle before 2.6 comes out.
>
> Thankfully the scsi layer breakage is going to help no end in the area of
> clockwork 8 bit scsi controllers, which is major culprit number
> 1. number 2
> is probably the audio which is hopefully going to go away with ALSA based
> code.

I am *completely* underwhelmed by ALSA, *especially* in the areas of
usability and documentation! I have an M-Audio Delta 66 sound card and I was
unable to get ALSA to work with it. At the time I attempted this, I did not
have the free time to do c-code-level integration work; I needed something
that was plug-and-play with usable documentation. I ended up buying the
closed-source OSS/Linux driver, which at least installs and boots. Their
documentation isn't much better, and I finally was forced to dual-boot
Windows 2000 to get a usable audio tool set for this device.

My point here is that just because a composer is *capable* of doing
integration work and building or repairing tools (and I am) does *not* mean
he (or she :-) has either the time or the willingness to do so (and I
don't).
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