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Staging drivers out

Staging drivers out

Posted Oct 30, 2009 0:16 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Staging drivers out by johill
Parent article: Staging drivers out

you have to find at least _two_ machines for it to make sense. ...

I don't think the concern is that someone will have a wireless card in a closet for ten years and then decide to build a system with it. It's that someone has a system running continuously for ten years using that wireless card, which means he also has other machines and APs as required, and then suddenly wants to switch to a new Linux kernel to add a feature.

It would be nice if he didn't have to choose between the new kernel-provided feature and the old wireless card (and probably a dozen other old components that are tied to it).

If you can even run the latest kernel on that machine ...

That's exactly the question -- whether new Linux will be compatible with old machines.

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