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SubjectRe: Linux-2.4.6-pre3
On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 11:39:49PM -0700, Patrick Mochel wrote:

> First off, the patch went into a pre-release of the kernel. Never would I
> trust a pre-release to be stable.

The issue is that of interface stability, as I'm sure you know.

> Second of all, if you look at the big picture, you may see the benefit in
> the change that was made. There is an effort to make Linux support power
> management, both at the system-wide level and at the driver level, in a
> much better way than it ever has. These changes are a manifestation of
> that effort.

I've no doubt that new and better functions were necessary: but
couldn't it have been done in a source-compatible way? New functions
rather than changed ones?

> Thirdly, these functions are rarely used.

Not every single driver is in Linus' tree.

I didn't see a feature-test macro either: did I miss it?

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