ELC: The embedded Linux nightmare
Posted Apr 19, 2007 5:01 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: ELC: The embedded Linux nightmare
Parent article: ELC: The embedded Linux nightmare
Or, you get your driver *into* the standard kernel, and let the main kernel developers keep it up to date with respect to kernel changes, so that all you have to worry about is fixes specific to your device, many of which will *also* be provided by the kernel community.
Not in the books, I afraid. Main kernel developers will probably not accept non-working driver for non-working hardware in main kernel and for embedded developers time where driver work and hardware is available is endpoint: it exist, it works, what else will you need ?
Any sane PHB will stop development at this point: it's time to produce and sell the gadget, not bother will useless "mainstream integration"! Engineer can be used for some other products...
Yes, few years down the road (when time to upgrade base version of kernel will come) this approach will prove troublesome, but to understand that you need to look few years down the road - rare for PHB.
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