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SubjectRe: [Alsa-devel] 2.6.15-rc6: boot failure in saa7134-alsa.c
Lee Revell wrote:

>On Tue, 2005-12-20 at 13:03 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>>Forcing (or even just encouraging) people to use loadable modules is
>>just horrible. I personally run a kernel with no modules at all: it
>>makes for a simpler bootup, and in some situations (embedded) it has
>>both security and size advantages.
>With modules it's possible to test a new ALSA version without
>recompiling the kernel or even rebooting. Encouraging people to build
>it into the kernel would create a problematic barrier to entry for
>debugging. With the amount of poorly documented hardware we support,
>it's essential for preventing driver regressions for users to be able to
>easily test the latest ALSA version.
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