NDISWrapper and 4K stacks
Posted Sep 9, 2005 18:57 UTC (Fri) by Duncan
In reply to: 4K stacks for everyone?
Parent article: 4K stacks for everyone?
NDISWrapper moving to user-space seems the clear-case best choice, here.
Not only does it solve its problem with 4k kernel stacks, it also moves
not only proprietary, but proprietary MSWormOS even, drivers out of kernel
space into more sanely protected userspace. This sounds like exactly the
sort of solution the kernel devs would prefer, because it gets those
"black-box binary-only things" out of the kernel greatly simplifying and
The cost is of course speed... Mode transfers between user space and
kernel space take time, so proprietary-only MSWormOS based drivers will be
slower. Somehow, I don't see that as being a big issue either, since the
view will be that it encourages transfering to more Linux-friendly
hardware, always seen as a good thing.
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