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: Full circle...
by Carewolf on Mon 23rd Jul 2007 08:36 UTC in reply to "Full circle..."
Carewolf
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2005-09-08

Actually Linux is only now starting to run its drivers like Windows (NT) does. The old model is more like DOS (and Win95-Me).

Now if they could only make a stable API for binary kernel-mode drivers, like graphics drivers, Linux could come on par with Windows.

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