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SubjectRE: [PATCH] net: add QCA alx Ethernet driver
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Hi David

We understand your concern. To support the new chipset, do you think it's reasonable to upstream it as a new driver, not a replacement ?

Thanks
Xiong

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Miller [mailto:davem@davemloft.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:29
> To: Huang, Xiong
> Cc: Rodriguez, Luis; netdev@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
> qca-linux-team; nic-devel; Giori, Kathy; chris.snook@gmail.com; Olivari,
> Mathieu; Huntsman, Bryan
> Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: add QCA alx Ethernet driver
>
> From: "Huang, Xiong" <xiong@qca.qualcomm.com>
> Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:19:05 +0000
>
> > The code related to hardware of atl1c is quite diff with that in
> > our hand, every time we take much time to find which part should be
> > revised for one bug/issue found on other platform/OSes. the new driver
> > make it easy to fix and support new chipset as well.
>
> Broadcom gave the same excuses. Save yourself some typing.
>
> I already know what you are going to say and claim are the issues.
>
> I've heard it all before, and none of them justify replacing the existing driver
> wholesale. We simply don't operate this way.
>
> Because you guys didn't upstream your driver properly back when the atl1c
> hardware first came out and Linux needed a driver, someone else did.
>
> And we're not removing their driver just because now you guys just want to
> come in and take over simply because you're not willing to collaborate properly
> and contribute to the existing code like everyone else on the planet does.
>
> There is no arguing against this, there is no justification, and it simply will not
> happen. I'm sorry you put some must effort into this but you should have been
> smart and listened to Luis last year when he tried to guide you in the right
> direction.
>
> Listening to Luis would have saved you a lot of wasted engineering.
>
> Maybe you will be smart and listen to him next time.


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