In 2010, nobody has shipped a distribution which relies on the old layout for some time.
This is obvious hyperbole, since there are hundreds of Linux distributions. Especially if you count a custom build.
It's a shame that a kernel developer would want to legitimize only major distributions.
It's even a shame a kernel developer would want to say a distribution is the only legitimate user of sysfs. Just last week, I had a program which is not part of a Linux distribution break because of a more recent reorganization of sysfs. The program is supposed to match up a block device special name with a location in a SAS network for maintenance purposes.
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