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 stestagg on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 15:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder..."
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That's kinda what is happening. We're in one of your design phases at the moment (I'm not sure that we'll ever get to the document stage properly), and the public (that's you) is being invited to contribute to the design, redesign process. The point about community projects, is that processes that usually happen behind closed doors, happen in public. This helps prevent situations where software releases take 7 years, and still need lots of trivial problems to be ironed out upon release.

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