Devel Digest, Vol 38, Issue 1

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Thu Apr 2 04:14:24 EDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM, Mitch Bradley <wmb at> wrote:
>> that's the great thing about linux -- just when we finally
>> develop a standard way of doing things, someone steps in and
>> says, "no, that was wrong, let's do it this way instead", and
>> stops supporting or improving the old way.
> ... and then people wonder why so many hardware companies don't want to
> support Linux with drivers.

That's not entirely fair. If you submit the driver for inclusion in
the kernel tree, then the dev who pushes for the API change is on the
hook to update all the drivers to the new API.

I don't know how well it fares long term, but we haven't really seen
the long term, and it is a fairly complex and evolving dynamic.

I hate to see our work dismissed in one liners -- those guys are also
working hard, and trying hard to make things happen with new

What's good for the goose...


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