Driver API anyone?
Posted Jun 21, 2007 8:38 UTC (Thu) by michaeljt
In reply to: Driver API anyone?
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
I still wonder why a stable API has to be such an all or nothing thing? Is a middle ground not possible, on the lines of "we will take trouble to prevent API changes, but not at any cost"? Or to put it another way, stop and think three times before breaking the API, but if you still come to the same conclusion the third time then do it anyway.
And a more stable API would make it easier, not just to backport drivers, but also to forward-port out-of-tree drivers to new kernels, which in turn would make it easier for distributors to stick to kernel.org kernels, perhaps one or two releases behind the current one, with the current one as an option for non-critical setups.
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