Closed source modules will be banned from kernel?

max maximilianbianco at
Wed Jul 9 16:04:09 UTC 2008

Andrew Kelly wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-07-08 at 08:35 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
>> 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?
>> Anne
> It's not actually considered OK, Anne, it's just human nature at work
> and continuing evidence of the decline of society. People often lose
> their decorum when there is no immediate need to display it, which is a
> direct result of people adopting specific behavior NOT because it is
> correct or acceptable, but because they are wary or in fear of the
> consequences if they do not. And THAT mindset is the direct result of
> society's choice to attempt to legislate morality rather than live it or
> breath it, or teach it by example.
> [panpan panpan panpan]
> Big soap box there, gotta get off quick before I type my fingers
> bloody..
> I don't know you, Anne, but I like you already.
> Andy
Which book do you often recommend reading? It doesn't have to be technical.


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