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Date:   Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:56:04 +0200
From:   Simon Horman <>
To:     Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc:     Karsten Keil <>,,, Paul Bolle <>,
        Holger Schurig <>,
        Tilman Schmidt <>,
        Al Viro <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/5] isdn: deprecate non-mISDN drivers

Hi Arnd,

On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 05:11:32PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> When isdn4linux came up in the context of another patch series, I
> remembered that we had discussed removing it a while ago.
> It turns out that the suggestion from Karsten Keil wa to remove I4L
> in 2018 after the last public ISDN networks are shut down. This has
> happened now (with a very small number of exceptions), so I guess it's
> time to try again.
> We currently have three ISDN stacks in the kernel: the original
> isdn4linux, the newer CAPI, and finally mISDN stack.
> As far as I can tell, anyone using ISDN with mainline kernel drivers in
> the past few years uses mISDN, and this is typically used for voice-only
> PBX installations that don't require a public network.
> The older stacks support additional features for data networks, but those
> typically make no sense any more if there is no network to connect to.
> My proposal for this time is to kill off isdn4linux entirely, as it seems
> to have been unusable for quite a while. This code has been abandoned
> for many years and it does get in the way of maintenance.

I think there is an editing error somewhere above. Perhaps it should read

... and it does not get anything in the way of maintenance.

> CAPI in turn is not quite as obsolete, but as I have been unable to find
> any users, I would suggest moving it to drivers/staging while we
> figure out if anyone is using it. If not, it can then be removed
> as well. If it turns out that there are users that are on 5.x kernels
> or need to update to them, we can decide to leave parts of it for
> longer, or move them back.
> If anyone is still using isdn4linux and CAPI with modern kernels, please
> speak up now.
>       Arnd
> [1]


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