Quote of the week
Posted Oct 12, 2006 16:41 UTC (Thu) by william.waddington
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We have included source with our drivers going back to SunOS 4.1.3 - about the time Linus was coding in his jammies. To the extent possible, we try to protect our users/OEMs from kernel changes, and give them a consistent API. Part of this is a (reasonable) expectation that they can download our latest 2.6 driver (for example) and expect it to play nice with the latest 2.6 kernel as well as earlier kernels in the 2.6 series.
The niche is small, and the drivers of interest only to us and a small group of users and OEMs. The chance of main line inclusion is zero (or maybe a large negative number) due to niche size, and probably coding style...
I wouldn't expect kernel developers to constrain changes for the sake of out-of-tree maintainers, but where simple #define(s) in the kernel tree can help us maintain source-level compatibility (our drivers are intended to be compiled by the user/OEM at initial install) it would be quite helpful.
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