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KS2008: When should drivers be merged?

KS2008: When should drivers be merged?

Posted Sep 17, 2008 19:53 UTC (Wed) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
In reply to: KS2008: When should drivers be merged? by iabervon
Parent article: KS2008: When should drivers be merged?

Perhaps this would be a case to ship the vendor's drivers "until something better is available", probably disabled by default in the main kernel tree. Or alternatively, to have a private mailing list with relevant kernel drivers that they can submit to, so that their code will not be made public before they are ready.


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KS2008: When should drivers be merged?

Posted Sep 17, 2008 22:16 UTC (Wed) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

Releasing vendor drivers wouldn't really help much, since it's pretty late by the time users get anything released by the kernel team. Getting drivers for pre-release hardware to kernel reviewers under NDA could be a big help, though, particularly if that included distro representatives who could get a package for the module through QA and ready to release simultaneously with the hardware. I wonder if big hardware vendors would be interested in the linux driver project that Greg KH runs, for the express purpose of collecting acks from reviewers (and, of course, comments, but those would presumably be uninteresting before they could be posted) in advance of the code going out to the world.

KS2008: When should drivers be merged?

Posted Sep 19, 2008 1:27 UTC (Fri) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

IIRC it's common for (clueful) vendors to provide docs under NDA with the actual release embargoed until the hardware is announced. Or there are weird tricks, like drivers landing in the mainline kernel under code names, and then when the press release goes out so does the rename-all-the-symbols-in-that-driver patch.


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