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[4]: I wonder...
by n0xx on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 12:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder..."
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Natural selection is the american reason for racism and the Third Reich.

Natural selection doesn't manifest itself through direct action, hence any violent action performed by Man against his fallow Man its not natural selection. It's human selection.

I don't have to be full of faith to see the nonsense in this absolute saying.

Turn a light bulb on and off repeatedly. Eventually it will stop working. Predicting when it's impossible, because there are variables at play on which we don't have direct control. So yes, random events do occur in nature.

This what you call "by random" is something we don't understand at the moment

Yes we do. A random event is whenever something happens by chance. Things can be purely random, like in quantum mechanics, or fake random, like in the light bulb example I've gave you previously and it has to do with unforeseen and uncontrollable variables.

And you if you don't see the analogy within Linux: it's chaos without almost any order, so it's weak and inferior.

Inferior to? You are aware that the Linux kernel is one of the most advanced, feature rich and valued pieces of software in existence, miles ahead of what BSD or even Windows have to offer, don't you?

Without Linus at the top with his "dictatorship", there wouldn't be a Linux anymore. This is your "god", the mastermind behind it.

Of course there would. He only chooses which patches are stable enough do apply to the main Kernel tree. If he quit right now, there would still be regular kernel maintenance and updates. Plus, the kernel has always been replaceable. Back in the beginning, if Linux hadn't sown up with it's kernel, someone else would have. Plus there was already work in progress on the HURD. If Linux never happened, the HURD would have long since become production ready.

Yes and don't forget to think about "good ideas", some people call this quality software engineering.

Engineering is overrated. Read "The Cathedral and The Bazaar".

Edited 2007-07-22 12:45

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