|From:||David Woodhouse <dwmw2-AT-infradead.org>|
|To:||Alan Cox <alan-AT-lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>|
|Subject:||Re: [PATCH 1/3] firmware: allow firmware files to be built into kernel image|
|Date:||Fri, 23 May 2008 16:11:56 +0100|
|Cc:||linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org, aoliva-AT-redhat.com, Abhay Salunke <Abhay_Salunke-AT-dell.com>, kay.sievers-AT-vrfy.org, Haroldo Gamal <gamal-AT-alternex.com.br>, Takashi Iwai <tiwai-AT-suse.de>|
On Fri, 2008-05-23 at 15:56 +0100, Alan Cox wrote: > > A third set of drivers already use the firmware loader, but can't be > > used without help from userspace, which sometimes requires an initrd. > > This allows them to work in a static kernel. > > This makes a lot of sense to me - its small, clean and while I don't > think its relevant to the PC world it has real clear advantages to the > embedded space. > > For the embedded case isn't either compressing the firmware or not doing > the vmalloc/copy worth the effort however ? For avoiding the vmalloc/copy see my earlier response. Adding compression would be cute; I did think about that but figured it could wait for later (actually I think at the time I meant "later" to be today too, but then I forgot :) -- dwmw2
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