GNU + Linux = broken development model
Posted Jul 30, 2009 2:10 UTC (Thu) by foom
In reply to: GNU + Linux = broken development model
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot
- One, it would be extremely hard, probably impossible, to include a driver for custom hardware
which is not widely available.
Apparently not actually true, there are such drivers in the kernel, and the kernel devs seem to
be happy to include them. (I too find this surprising and a bit strange...)
- Two, including it in the kernel doesn't guarantee anything more than successful compilation in
future versions. As I said, nobody tests the drivers before a kernel release.
Same thing is true of windows drivers -- they promise not to break the ABI, but microsoft isn't
going to test your little driver for custom hardware with their new OS...sure it might still load, but
then maybe it'll immediately crash. There's no guarantee against that!
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