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Date:	Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:50:25 -0400
From:	Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar@...com>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <stephen@...workplumber.org>
CC:	<davem@...emloft.net>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	<linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
	<linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
	<grant.likely@...aro.org>, <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
	<sandeep_n@...com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/3] net: Add Keystone NetCP ethernet driver

On Thursday 21 August 2014 10:48 PM, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:12:41 -0400
> Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar@...com> wrote:
> 
>> NetCP driver has a plug-in module architecture where each of the NetCP
>> sub-modules exist as a loadable kernel module which plug in to the netcp
>> core. These sub-modules are represented as "netcp-devices" in the dts
>> bindings. It is mandatory to have the ethernet switch sub-module for
>> the ethernet interface to be operational. Any other sub-module like the
>> PA is optional.
> 
> What are you doing to prevent/discourage proprietary binary only
> sub-modules?
> 
Not sure if you mistook this infrastructure as a replacement for the
kernel module. The sub modules are traditional kernel modules that
just registers into the NetCP framework. Kernel module infrastructure
already discourages the proprietary binary only sub-modules.

Regards,
Santosh
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