Shrinking the kernel with gcc
Posted Jan 22, 2004 17:42 UTC (Thu) by rknop
Parent article: Shrinking the kernel with gcc
I am not a kernel developer, so feel free to write me off as a blowhard and ignore what I say.
I think that it might be a good *goal* to break binary-only drivers, never mind a side effect. We're in an alarming state right now where Linux has become big enough that companies like nVidia can ship binary-only drivers and claim that they support Linux. (Which, I suppose they do, but they're not supporting open standards or open-source software.) If people figured out that their hardware wasn't going to work with updated kernels every six months or so, there might be real pressure on hardware manufacturers to at least allow people to write open-source drivers. As it is right now, using the binary drivers is "too easy", and many opt to just do that rather than support those companies who allow programming information out. The result is that there is no incentive for manufacturers to play nice; they quiet most of the complaints by shipping a binary-only driver.
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