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Re: OCD programmers and backwards compatibility :-).

On Sun, Jan 21, 2007 at 01:44:48PM -0500, Tom Horsley wrote:

 > The same sort of attitude prevails in the kernel driver source code
 > as well. I've had to patch and rebuild the truecrypt driver several
 > times on new kernel releases, and not once has the change been anything
 > substantive about the driver model. Once again, it is all ticky-tak
 > junk like changing the name of a macro or routine because some moron
 > who had the power didn't like the old name and didn't care how much
 > work changing it foists off onto the rest of the world.

If the truecrypt driver had been submitted upstream, it would continue
working across API changes.  Those 'morons' fix up all in-tree drivers
when APIs change.  Complaining about a lack of stable ABI here is
completely pointless btw. Upstream isn't interested, and there's
less than zero chance Fedora will adopt a set in stone ABI deviating
from upstream.

Functions changing upstream are rarely just cosmetic, there's usually
a genuine reason for them changing.



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