Closed source modules will be banned from kernel?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Tue Jul 8 07:35:45 UTC 2008

On Monday 07 July 2008 20:37:33 Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:51:51 +0100
> Alan Cox <alan at> wrote:
> > Binary modules usually last only a few releases before changes in the
> > kernel break them by accident anyway so I would assume that if a binary
> > driver vendor goes under the clock is ticking.
> I wouldn't say "by accident" - It has been my experience that
> most of the time, the breakage is not only highly deliberate, but
> triggered mostly by the high incidence of extreme OCD which kernel
> developers seem to suffer from, causing them to make fantastic
> wholesale changes to driver interfaces for utterly trivial
> cosmetic reasons which add no stability or functionality, but
> merely relieve their obsessive need to correct some "flaw" which
> no one else can perceive :-).

Why is it considered OK to insult people on a mailing list, when you wouldn't 
to their face?


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