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Date:   Mon, 23 Oct 2023 17:39:10 +0300
From:   Kalle Valo <kvalo@...nel.org>
To:     Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...nel.org>
Cc:     Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
        "David S . Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Alexandre Belloni <alexandre.belloni@...tlin.com>,
        Claudiu Beznea <claudiu.beznea@...on.dev>,
        Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@...ux-m68k.org>,
        Geoff Levand <geoff@...radead.org>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Jeff Johnson <quic_jjohnson@...cinc.com>,
        Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>,
        Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@...inger.net>,
        Nicolas Ferre <nicolas.ferre@...rochip.com>,
        Pavel Machek <pavel@....cz>, Stanislaw Gruszka <stf_xl@...pl>,
        Gregory Greenman <gregory.greenman@...el.com>,
        linuxppc-dev <linuxppc-dev@...ts.ozlabs.org>,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-staging@...ts.linux.dev, linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org,
        Stanislav Yakovlev <stas.yakovlev@...il.com>,
        Linux Wireless <ilw@...ux.intel.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 10/10] [RFC] wifi: remove ipw2100/ipw2200 drivers

Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...nel.org> writes:

> From: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>
>
> These two drivers were used for the earliest "Centrino" branded Intel
> laptops during the late 32-bit Pentium-M era, roughly 2003 to 2005, which
> probably makes it the most modern platform that still uses the wireless
> extension interface instead of cfg80211. Unlike the other drivers that
> are suggested for removal, this one is still officially maintained.
>
> According to Johannes Berg, there was an effort to finish the move away
> from wext in the past, but the last evidence of this that I could find
> is from commit a3caa99e6c68f ("libipw: initiate cfg80211 API conversion
> (v2)") in 2009.
>
> Link: https://lore.kernel.org/all/87fs2fgals.fsf@kernel.org/
> Cc: Stanislav Yakovlev <stas.yakovlev@...il.com>
> Cc: Linux Wireless <ilw@...ux.intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>
> ---
> I'm not convinced this should be in the same set of drivers as the
> rest, since this is clearly less obsolete than the other hardware
> that I would remove support for.

I am inclined to remove this one as well, it's just so old.

This patch didn't make it to the list, I guess it was too big. But it's
available from the pending branch:

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/wireless/wireless-next.git/commit/?h=pending&id=81ba6b51c3a640b277274701407bbf557f12edac

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