out of tree
Posted Aug 2, 2009 1:39 UTC (Sun) by foom
In reply to: out of tree
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot
This is my real experience and it has been that out of tree drivers are much more
convenient for the users.
As a user: yuck. Not only are out of tree drivers more irritating to use/install/upgrade than in-tree
ones, my experience has been that they're also always buggier.
And I don't want to have to download the module source, compile it, and use it: I want the device to
just work when I plug it in, without even thinking about it.
On the other hand, I do like it, when the driver is brand new, if an out-of-tree version is made
available for use with older kernel versions. Certainly it's helpful to provide an out-of-tree version
for the first year or two until everyone's upgraded to a kernel with the driver included already.
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