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SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] Re: [BK PATCH] USB device support for 2.5.8 (take 2)
gadget? non-host?

On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Linus Torvalds wrote:

>
>
> On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, David Brownell wrote:
> >
> > ... except that this code does NOT follow those conventions, as
> > I've argued. And "client" is explicitly contrary to the USB spec,
> > which uses that as a host-side phrase (though not often).
>
> Note that the relevance of the USB spec to most people is exactly 0%.
>
> "USB device" is what people say about the things you call "clients". The
> real world takes precedence, and there is absolutely _no_ way a Linux "USB
> device driver" will ever mean that the driver turns the box into a USB
> device.
>
> A "USB device driver" is driver for the mouse/scanner/whatever, ie the
> _other_ end, and that's that. Claiming anything else is just confusing and
> silly.
>
> Since we're talking about the other end of a "host" driver, "client" makes
> sense - in computers, I've always seen "client" as the reverse of the
> "host", but maybe that's just me. Outside of computers, "guest" seems to
> be the proper antonym, but that just strikes me as bizarre (a "USB guest
> driver"?)
>
> What were the other suggestions?
>
> Linus
>
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