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From: John Bradford <john@grabjohn.com>
To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, rpjday@mindspring.com
Cc: h@81-2-122-30.bradfords.org.uk
Subject: Re: time for some drivers to be removed?
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 15:43:03 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <200307241443.h6OEh3Qd000249@81-2-122-30.bradfords.org.uk> (raw)

>   i've mentioned this before, but in a perfect world, should it
> be possible to build a release version of the kernel with
> "make allyesconfig".

Why?  The kernel wouldn't boot on i386 anyway, as it would be too
large.

> this is generally not possible, since there's always the occasional
> broken driver that just won't compile.

Just don't compile it in.

>   more to the point, there are drivers that seem to be perpetually
> broken.  as an example, the riscom8 driver has been borked for as 
> long as i can remember.  at some point, shouldn't something like
> this either be fixed or just removed?

I'm sure a patch to fix it would be accepted.

> what's the point of perpetually bundling a driver that doesn't even
> compile?

Some people might be interested in it.  Maybe somebody would like to
fix it, but can't buy the physical hardware for any price.  Maybe
everybody who has the hardware can't fix it because other kernel bugs
prevent them from using the latest kernels on their machines.  Why
remove it when it's doing no harm whatsoever?

John.

             reply	other threads:[~2003-07-24 14:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 46+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-07-24 14:43 John Bradford [this message]
2003-07-24 19:24 ` Brian Jackson
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2003-08-14  5:34 John Bradford
2003-08-13 20:55 John Bradford
2003-08-13 20:50 ` Adrian Bunk
2003-08-13 20:55 ` Bill Davidsen
2003-08-05 12:42 Mikael Pettersson
2003-08-05 13:03 ` Adrian Bunk
2003-08-05 13:35   ` Mikael Pettersson
2003-08-05 13:48     ` Adrian Bunk
2003-08-05 14:01       ` Mikael Pettersson
2003-08-06 10:06         ` Claus-Justus Heine
2003-08-09 19:40           ` Adrian Bunk
2003-08-05 16:35 ` Alan Cox
2003-08-05 18:47   ` Leopold Gouverneur
2003-07-28  7:12 linux
2003-07-27 16:22 John Bradford
2003-07-25 11:10 John Bradford
2003-07-24 18:29 John Bradford
2003-07-24 18:31 ` Robert P. J. Day
2003-07-24 19:31   ` Eli Carter
2003-07-25 10:48 ` Bas Mevissen
2003-07-24 12:20 Robert P. J. Day
2003-07-24 14:58 ` Alan Cox
2003-07-24 15:34   ` Bas Mevissen
2003-07-24 17:32     ` Diego Calleja García
2003-07-24 17:50       ` Robert P. J. Day
2003-07-24 19:16         ` Diego Calleja García
2003-07-24 19:43           ` Robert P. J. Day
2003-07-24 18:02       ` Samuel Flory
2003-07-24 19:07     ` Alan Cox
2003-07-25 10:48       ` Bas Mevissen
2003-07-27 15:31 ` Adrian Bunk
2003-07-27 15:59   ` David D. Hagood
2003-07-27 16:18     ` Adrian Bunk
2003-07-27 16:40     ` Alan Cox
2003-07-27 17:00       ` Adrian Bunk
2003-07-27 18:45       ` David D. Hagood
2003-07-27 20:40         ` Alan Cox
2003-07-27 20:56           ` Adrian Bunk
2003-07-27 20:56             ` Alan Cox
2003-07-28  2:23               ` Herbert Pötzl
2003-07-29 19:33               ` Adrian Bunk
2003-08-13 20:16                 ` Bill Davidsen
2003-08-09 18:04   ` David Woodhouse
2003-08-09 19:36     ` Adrian Bunk

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