Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 00:33 UTC, submitted by liquidat
Linux Linus Torvalds included patches into the mainline tree which implement a stable userspace driver API into the Linux kernel. The stable driver API was already announced a year ago by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Now the last patches were uploaded and the API was included in Linus' tree. The idea of the API is to make life easier for driver developers: "This interface allows the ability to write the majority of a driver in userspace with only a very small shell of a driver in the kernel itself. It uses a char device and sysfs to interact with a userspace process to process interrupts and control memory accesses."
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RE[2]: I wonder...
by butters on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 04:31 UTC in reply to "RE: I wonder..."
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For me, I think the real reason why they don't have a stable driver API is that it would require them to actually knuckle down and design something rather than merely just throwing at a wall to see what sticks.

So you're one of those intelligent design people. Still not convinced that biology works by random chance and natural selection?

I think it's understandable to believe that your deity of choice had the insight to create existence, sit back, pop open a cold one, and watch it play out exactly as He (She?) intended. But attributing the same level of insight to humans, and software developers in particular, is stretching beyond the realm of my ability to understand different points of view.

Certainly there's more standing in the way of human prescience than our failure to knuckle down. It could have something to do with our shockingly arrogant assertion of greatness in spite of our historical failure to achieve mere civility.

We have to keep throwing stuff at the wall, because not everything sticks. To settle for anything less is to squander whatever potential we actually have.

If we're going to do this free software thing, let's not leave any good idea untried. Let's challenge our preconceptions and give it everything we've got. Let's have no regrets and no apologies. Let's throw the notion of meritocracy at the wall and see if it sticks.

Edited 2007-07-22 04:46

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