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Date:	Mon, 09 Nov 2009 11:31:12 -0600
From:	Larry Finger <>
To:	Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>
CC:	Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>,
	Greg KH <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Staging: remove rtl8187se driver because of lack of development

On 11/09/2009 10:56 AM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> Hi Bartolomiej,
> Em Mon, 9 Nov 2009 17:31:36 +0100
> Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <> escreveu:
>> From: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>
>> Subject: [PATCH] Staging: remove rtl8187se driver because of lack of development activities
>> This driver hasn't seen any real development activities since early July:
>>    257bc86   Staging: rtl8187se: remove unused #include <linu
>>    2035beb   param:remove-useless-writable-charp
>>    305409a   tree-wide: fix some typos and punctuation in com
>>    b881c6c   Staging: fix wireless drivers depends
>>    a010a33   Staging: rtl8187se/rtl8192e/rtl8192su: allow mod
>>    125b181   staging: Add proper selection of WIRELESS_EXT an
>>    b3184e1   Staging: rtl8187se: Fix comment-out-typo
>>    b6ac161   Staging: ARRAY_SIZE changes
>> so remove it for now.
>> Signed-off-by: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>
> This driver has several points in common with rtl8192* drivers. As I'm
> currently working on cleaning up rtl8192u and see what can be done to merge the
> common code used by all those realtek drivers, I prefer to keep this driver for
> more time at the tree.
> The issue I'm currently facing is that we should rearrange the drivers/staging/rtl* 
> into a common rtl component tree, moving the common components to there. This will
> avoid duplicated efforts to cleanup the same code several times, on different
> places.
> I started working on it this weekend, but I haven't finish it yet.

As I just told Bart (off-list), I started my work on a mainline rtl8187se driver
with the rtl8180 code. There should be plenty of opportunity to set up common
code for the rtl* drivers. I will keep a close eye on your developments.

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