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Re: ATI video comes out of the closet

On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 17:30 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > There certainly are reasons to want development to proceed on kernel
> > technology and drivers.  The state of wireless drivers in Linux is just
> > sad, for example.  Getting new drivers that support wext correctly and
> > improve performance and functionality is a worthy goal, even for older
> > hardware. 
> Is there some reason to think this can't be done within driver modules 
> having a stable interface to the kernel?  In spite of the fact that 
> other popular OS's can do that?  Personally, I think that working 
> drivers for most popular hardware would have been provided by the 
> vendors for Linux ages ago if binaries were acceptable and could be 
> expected to work for several years unchanged.  Apparently, that doesn't 
> suit someone's politics.

I haven't really followed the politics on the kernel mailing lists
except by hearsay, so I will defer to your superior knowledge of that.
I suppose it could be that the API evolves for technical reasons.  Or
some mix.

> > Also see the new EPEL repository, where Fedora developers build RHEL
> > versions of Fedora packages.  And of course, several independent repos,
> > such as ATRPMs and RPMforge.
> This is a step in the right direction, but why back into it piecemeal? 
> Build a distro that installs that way in the first place.

That's certainly feasible.  Do you have the time?  I don't.  Maybe
somebody with the same idea will.

                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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