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SubjectRe: userspace breakage
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On Sat, 2005-12-31 at 09:33 +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-12-30 at 15:49 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2005-12-29 at 16:10 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > >
> > > > Stuff outside the kernel is almost always either (a) experimental stuff
> > > > that just isn't ready to be merged or (b) tries to avoid the GPL.
> > >
> > > (c) So damn specialized that it's not worth even trying to merge.
> >
> > Or drivers for highly specialised/customised hardware.
>
> that's not really an excuse.. there's drivers in the tree for which only
> 4 boards ever existed. There still is value in having those in the tree,
> if only for the "other side" of the API to be able to see usage
> patterns...

Yeah, but maybe Andrew isn't even talking about those boards. I know
when I worked for Lockheed, they had a bunch of custom boards that were
for one specific project. There would really be no point in pushing a
driver into the mainline that is used by one board for one project.

But then again, I'm not Andrew, and maybe he _is_ talking about the
drivers used by only four boards.

-- Steve


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