[Mesa-dev] DEATH to old drivers!
libv at skynet.be
Wed Aug 24 15:14:21 PDT 2011
On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 01:50:25PM -0700, Corbin Simpson wrote:
> +1. If anybody needs them, they're in git.
> Sending from a mobile, pardon my terseness. ~ C.
*sigh* Software populism...
But seriously. How would such a thing work?
Drivers will be thrown out because none of those currently chiming care
about doing the extra bit of work needed to maintain at least some
highly standard interfaces.
It seems that these less popular drivers are gone for good. Because what
would one have to do to get them back in? What are the criteria for
that? And how will such criteria evolve? Because stating "you don't have
features that some cards already implemented 12 years ago" is a pretty
shaky path to venture out on. What's next? "because i do not like the
people who develop?"* Now that would be very free and open indeed.
The way the mesa monolith exists today, also leaves nothing to the
imagination. Once a driver is "dropped" there is also no way of
maintaining it externally.
To further that: an attempt at proposing some rudimentary SDK, which
would shift the compatibility burden to the driver developers (to some
extent, this SDK will also not be allowed to move as shortsightedly as
before -- which in itself does not exclude evolution at all), wasn't
exactly hailed positively. Such infrastructure would've made such brash
* Sounds familiar, doesn't it.
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