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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/7] Adding empia base driver
On Sat, 1 Nov 2008 14:59:17 +0100
Hans Verkuil <hverkuil@xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Hi Markus,
>
> As promised I've done a review of your empia driver and looked at what
> needs to be done to get it into the kernel.
>
> First of all, I've no doubt that your empia driver is better and
> supports more devices than the current em28xx driver. I also have no
> problem adding your driver separate from the current driver. It's been
> done before (certain networking drivers spring to mind) and while
> obviously not ideal I expect that the older em28xx driver can probably
> be removed after a year or something like that.
>
> In my opinion it's pretty much hopeless trying to convert the current
> em28xx driver into what you have. It's a huge amount of work that no
> one wants to do and (in this case) with very little benefit. Of course,
> Mauro has the final say in this.
>

Both upstream and the 4 duplicated drivers have similar functionality. Also,
the upstream driver is actively maintained. So, there's no sense on accepting
those duplicated drivers.

Also, just replacing one existing driver by a newer one will cause regressions
on some already fixed bugs and remove some improvements that the upstream driver
suffered.

If there's a bug or a lack of functionality on em28xx, cx25843, xc5000 or
tuner-xc2028, it is just a matter of submitting patches fixing those bugs or
adding newer features.

Cheers,
Mauro


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