Out of tree drivers

Clemens Ladisch clemens at ladisch.de
Mon Oct 22 07:32:47 UTC 2007


Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> Greg KH:
> > 	lirc			(not going upstream due to developer not
> > 				wanting it there.)
> 
> Should we actually *care* what the developer wants?

Of course we should.  According to <http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/2/1/373>
and <http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/2/3/180>, the problem is mostly lack of
developer time to make the code ready for the kernel, which is
_exactly_ what we're talking about here.

There's also the open question of how to keep 2.4 compatibilty without
having to maintain two parallel trees.  In ALSA, we have a 'clean'
kernel tree and a set of patches to add the compatibility hacks, but
this is of course still more complex than a single tree.


Regards,
Clemens



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