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On the management of the Video4Linux subsystem tree

On the management of the Video4Linux subsystem tree

Posted Feb 27, 2009 19:05 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: On the management of the Video4Linux subsystem tree by hverkuil
Parent article: On the management of the Video4Linux subsystem tree

confirming my suspicion that the demand for supporting really old kernels from the end-users is overrated.

End users? What have we learned about end users, and what difference does it make?

According to the article, the goal of making V4L work on old kernels is to enable testers. I don't consider those end users. And I don't expect that community to have a strong affinity to stable systems.

And the discussion is on the linux-media mailing list, which I will bet is not subscribed to by all V4L users or even a sample -- again, subscribers are probably people who don't value stability much (i.e. they upgrade regularly).

So my guess is that 1) there are plenty of end users who will be disappointed at the loss of new V4L for old kernels; and 2) that doesn't mean you should keep producing it.


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