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SubjectRe: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery --the elegant solution)


Marco Colombo wrote:


> Alan, Eric (and others, too), please.
> Of course the autoconfigurator is an useful piece of software.
> And of course Eric is posting to the wrong list here. Kernel developers
> don't need any autoconfigurator at all (yes, it's just "extra state").


The main discussion was in kbuild-devel list.

>
> Eric, Aunt Tillie doesn't need any custom-made, untested, probably not
> working kernel. QA comes at a price. The lastest VM fix may take a while
> to reach mainstream kernels. That's life.

Maybe this force kernel maintainer to merge the tested and trusted
distribution patches into the main kernel's branches.

Anyway, the target of Linux changes. If was a toy for hacker 10 year
ago, maybe in future will be the toy for Aunt Tillies. So:
Forget aunts and the other scenarios of Eric.
Let talk about what autoconfigure can do yet (aka the creation of
a /proc/drivers (better in /dev) with a list of all running
kernel drivers. aka how the modules will be in the next months)

giacomo

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