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Posted Aug 2, 2009 1:39 UTC (Sun) by foom (subscriber, #14868)
In reply to: out of tree by mikov
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot

This is my real experience and it has been that out of tree drivers are much more convenient for the users.

As a user: yuck. Not only are out of tree drivers more irritating to use/install/upgrade than in-tree ones, my experience has been that they're also always buggier.

And I don't want to have to download the module source, compile it, and use it: I want the device to just work when I plug it in, without even thinking about it.

On the other hand, I do like it, when the driver is brand new, if an out-of-tree version is made available for use with older kernel versions. Certainly it's helpful to provide an out-of-tree version for the first year or two until everyone's upgraded to a kernel with the driver included already.

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out of tree

Posted Aug 2, 2009 14:03 UTC (Sun) by alex (subscriber, #1355) [Link]

It would be nice if the distros could compile out-of-tree snapshots in a nice user friendly way. But for this to work they have to be GPL source code and not arbitrary binary blobs.

Certainly for me as a developer the current wireless testing tree/compat layer is an example of doing it right. I can run wireless with my distro kernel but still have the latest greatest without upgrading the kernel if I want. I wonder if more out-of-tree's could follow the wireless model.

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