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SubjectRe: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19

On Wed, 13 Dec 2006, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> On 12/13/06, Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
> > Ok, what kind of ass-hat idiotic thing is this?
> C'mon, Linus, tell us how you _really_ feel.

I'll try to be less subtle next time ;)

> Seriously, though, please please pretty please do not allow a facility
> for "going through a simple interface to get accesses to irqs and
> memory regions" into the mainline kernel, with or without toy ISA
> examples.

I do agree.

I'm not violently opposed to something like this in practice (we've
already allowed it for USB devices), but there definitely needs to be a
real reason that helps _us_, not just some ass-hat vendor that looks for a
way to avoid open-sourcing their driver.

If there are real and valid uses (and as mentioned, I actually think that
the whole graphics-3D-engine-thing is such a use) where a kernel driver
simply doesn't work out well, or where there are serious tecnical reasons
why it wants to be in user space (and "stability" is not one such thing:
if you access hardware directly in user space, and your driver is buggy,
the machine is equally deal, and a hell of a lot harder to control to

Microkernel people have their heads up their arses, none of their
arguments have actually ever made any real logical sense. So look
elsewhere for real reasons to do it in user space.

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