Quote of the week
Posted Oct 20, 2006 14:58 UTC (Fri) by sobdk
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Of course it is possible, and not all that difficult. It is called an abstraction layer, and this really is a common method for maintaining out of tree drivers. Ever wonder why you have to compile something when you install that evil binary video driver?
The fact is maintaining an out of tree driver isn't all that hard, but manufacturers are lazy. They want to write a driver once, and never touch it again. If this is what they want then write it once, and put it in the kernel. More than likely it will take them 3 kernel releases to get their driver finished in the first place so when they release their hardware they can have an out of tree driver that supports about 3 versions back, and an in tree version.
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