All your drivers are belong to us

Detlev Zundel dzu at
Thu May 8 23:28:49 EST 2008


> On Wed, 7 May 2008 17:42:51 -0400
> Sean MacLennan <smaclennan at> wrote:
>> On Wed, 07 May 2008 16:36:30 +0200
>> "Detlev Zundel" <dzu at> wrote:
>> > It also happened that a driver once posted for what the customer
>> > thought was a completely specific device of his own today supports
>> > lots of different boards from at least four different manufacturers."
>> > 
>> > The wording is of course not exact but I hope I caught the spirit of
>> > what Greg wanted to say.  So yes, please post the driver - maybe Greg
>> > KH will tunnel it into mainline...
>> I agree with the sentiment. However, it is hard enough to get
>> legitimate drivers into the kernel. The drivers I mentioned do not
>> come close to following the Linux kernel coding spec.
> Here's the cool part.  There's this Linux driver project:
> where they can take drivers like that and clean them up.  At least to a
> reasonable degree.  The benefit for you is that once it's cleaned up,
> it can go into the mainline kernel and it will just be there in future
> releases.  Helpful when you update.

Yes, I should have mentioned this also in my original mail.  If I
remember correctly, Greg mentioned that in this project, he has *300*
developers waiting to do something.  None of the companies previously
claiming Linux had a driver problem showed up even when he contacted
them directly....

> Now, I can't say I've personally ever used that project but its mission
> does seem pretty targeted towards groups that want to do the right
> thing with respect to drivers.  Maybe you could give it a shot and tell
> others about the experience.

This would definitely be interesting.


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