Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful
Posted Oct 26, 2012 17:05 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful
Parent article: Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful
Disk driver bugs may have been problematic in the past but today, either due to being fixed or due to work-arounds, they're not an issue anymore for the user.
It's quite an argument: because disks have good firmware in 2012 it's Ok to include CD Linux drivers in 1993. So you are saying that GPU firmware is still problematic in 2031 and thats the problem with Broadcom's driver? I wish to have such a precise crystal ball.
We had to add blacklists for graphics driver to bring crashiness down to acceptable levels. I don't think that any application has disk driver blacklists.
I was talking about CD drivers, not about HDD drivers. CD burning software usually has extensive list of workarounds for different devices.
The correct disk analogy would be if a disk could only be used via the stdio and POSIX file API --- fopen, fwrite, fclose, chmod, unlink, etc. You wouldn't be able to access the disk as a block device at all, you couldn't even know or change what filesystem it's formatted as, and for reformatting/partitioning you could only use an opaque vendor-provided tool.
Ah, you mean MTP? Yeah, it's supported by Linux, too. Both as host and as target.
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