"We want more drivers, no matter how 'obscure' [...]"
Posted Apr 19, 2007 16:42 UTC (Thu) by GreyWizard
In reply to: ELC: The embedded Linux nightmare
Parent article: ELC: The embedded Linux nightmare
[...] devices are generally expected to remain the same from the day they are shipped to the day they are discarded.
Did I miss the part where Gleixner advocates forcing users to upgrade the firmware on their mobile phones at gunpoint? Working with and contributing to the community doesn't force anyone to change firmware on devices that have already shipped.
The point is that this is not evil on the vendor's part, [...]
As far as I can see Gleixner attributes the problem to hubris and ignorance, not evil.
When [the vendors] find a bug or make an enhancement, their base is so far from the community's that the community has no interest in what they have to say.
Being so far from the community's sources is an unmistakable sign of a serious software design mistake. There's no way these vendors know more about integrating kernel features than Gleixner and the rest of the kernel community.
But they are often working on things that literally nobody else in the world cares about (like devices for custom hardware) [...]
"We want more drivers, no matter how 'obscure', because it allows us to see patterns in the code, and realize how we could do things better." http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/ols_2006_keynote.html
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