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SubjectRe: Promise SATA driver GPL'd
Dear Erik and Jeff,

Did you make any progress here or were you discouraged by the resulting

Does this work in 2.4.x? I have a Tyan Trinity i875P S5101 which I want to
use the parallel IDE ports on. They are connected to a PDC20378. Any
patches that you think would be reliable? Or should I take the opportunity
to return this to the vendor and buy an Intel S845WD1-E instead?

Erik Andersen wrote:

> On Tue Jul 22, 2003 at 04:56:29PM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > > I was reading over your libata driver yesterday. Certainly a lot
> > > cleaner than the cam stuff IMHO. Given the info made available
> > > via the Promise driver, I expect that I could get an initial
> > > libata host adaptor driver hacked together in short order. After
> > > all, the Intel one is just 400 lines. So unless you (or anyone
> > > else) have already started or would prefer to do the honors,
> > > I'll try to hack something together this evening,
> >
> > Shoot, that would be great ;-)
> K, I'll give it a try.
> > On a legal note, I would prefer that completely new drivers (i.e. no
> > copied code from other sources) be licensing in the same way as
> > libata.c. Maintainer's preference in the end, of course, but I would
> > like to strongly encourage following libata.c's example ;-)
> By that I assume you mean osl-1.1 like libata.c, rather than GPL
> like ata_piix.c.... I expect I may be copying bits and pieces
> from the Promise driver though. Certainly I'd like to use as
> much of their header files as seems practical. So it may very
> well need to stay GPL'd. But I'll see what I can do.
> > I have a TX2 board, too, so I can test your stuff as well.
> Cool. I have a TX2 as well. Hope I don't fry it... :)

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