modular -> monolithic
eich at suse.de
Tue Jan 22 18:18:33 PST 2008
Jerome Glisse writes:
> So i truely don't see a win in being backward compatible except making
> easier for people to test but hey tester in kernel build their whole
> kernel... And truely i can see how to outweigh the possibility to throw
> interface and change them when appropriate without having to add tons
> of ifdef in the driver code just for staying backward compatible with
> old api which didn't let you do things you need (assumption being that api
> change are motivated by somethings :))
there are users out there who would like to update a driver (since it's
not working well or because they have updated their graphics hardware)
without having to update everything else.
These people are mosly users, not developers - so they don't necessarily
surface here - but if you try they are not too hard to find.
This of course is also a distro issue - however not exclusively.
While people can make the argument that distros should fix this themselves
I would argue that this is quite a lot to ask from an individual user.
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