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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.4.19-pre3] New wireless driver API part 1
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On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 10:15:30PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Jean Tourrilhes wrote:
>
> >1) Most Wireless LAN driver live outside the kernel. So, their
> >evolution is somewhat decoupled to the kernel, so the earlier the
> >patch goes it the better it is for those.
> >
> As you may have gathered from my last email, this is a bit annoying when
> trying to find and stabalize a driver for a card you just got :)

Especially that there are so many driver to choose from, and
each is broken in some unique way.

> > 2) David Gibson, maintainer of the Orinoco driver, told me
> >that he would merge my new-API orinoco patches in his driver only when
> >the new API would be in 2.4.x (as you may have noticed, he hasn't
> >updated 2.5.X for a while). Chicken and Eggs.
> >
> Does that mean orinoco updates are coming for 2.5.x?

I asked him a couple of times, but so far nothing. He is
working hard on various issues in the driver.

> Any idea if the other drivers are getting updates too, like airo?

I think the CVS has a new version, including change to the
monitoring mode, but airo list is pretty quiet lately. airo.c is
pretty stable and bug free, so updates are not critical. I still need
to finish to convert it to the new API.

> My standard rule of thumb is turning out to be, deploy something
> 2.4.x-worthy in 2.5.x, wait a while, and then deploy it in 2.4.x. I
> have no particular opinion about whether your patch should go in -right
> now- but it seems like a fair patch for 2.4.x sooner or later.

Yes, you are right, it has been in 2.5.X for only two months,
which is quite short.

> Jeff

Have fun...

Jean
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