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Date:	Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:43:17 -0400
From:	"John W. Linville" <>
Cc:	Pavel Machek <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/4] strip: move driver to staging

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 10:18:20AM -0700, wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Oct 2009, John W. Linville wrote:

>> "ongoing maintenance for no clear benefit" -- that is what is wrong
>> with it.
> supporting existing hardware is no longer a 'clear benifit'?

Do you own or have access to such hardware?  If the hardware is
obsolete, unused, and mostly non-existant then what is the benefit
to maintaining a driver that is rotting?

> is this driver broken (as in not working)?

I have no idea.  I suspect that you don't know either.

> other than the fact that you don't think many people have this hardware,  
> is there anything wrong with this driver?

It sits there, bloating the target area for API maintenance and
providing a likely broken example of how to write Linux drivers.

> if this driver hasn't been changed other than for blanket API changes, 
> how is it causing significant problems?

It is a distraction for no clear (or even murky) benefit, one more
thing to keep compiling.

> if someone were to claim 'maintainership' and then do nothing other than  
> complain if someone else were to change an API but not fix this in the  
> process, how would this be different than the current situation?

Not much different, possibly worse if they created a bigger
distraction.  But if they actually had the hardware we might at least
be confident that the effort was in some way worthwhile...

John W. Linville		Someday the world will need a hero, and you			might be all we have.  Be ready.
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