I wonder if Linus et al. would object to hooks for an open source component, and, if they did, what the grounds for those objections would be.
That sort of thing has always met a lot of resistance. Currently any in-kernel API can be changed as long as you take care to fix up all the in-tree users. Obviously that makes certain kinds of changes much easier. And having in-tree users for API's makes those API's easier to understand and maintain.
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