Paul Gortmaker was recently doing some cleanup work when he found the token
ring networking code getting in the way. Which led him to wonder: was
anybody still using that code? He concluded that the answer was "no":
A search on the internet for users tends to show that even the die
hard enthusiasts who cared to poke at MCA/TR just for hobby sake
have pretty much all given up somewhere in the 2003-2005 "pre-git"
timeframe, and never really moved off their 2.4.x kernels.
In response, he put together a patch to
remove the token ring subsystem altogether. The patch was presented as a
demonstration, without a lot of hope that it would be applied in the near
future. Paul's real goal was to get comments and see if he could build a
consensus for the removal of the code at some more distant time.
Thus far, there has been one objection.
But, that notwithstanding, David Miller has accepted the patch and fast-tracked it
directly into the net-next repository. Barring some sort of reversion
prior to the merge window, it looks like the 3.5 kernel will be missing
support for token ring networking.
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