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Date:   Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:08:34 +0100
From:   Lee Jones <lee.jones@...aro.org>
To:     Kalle Valo <kvalo@...eaurora.org>
Cc:     Ondrej Zary <linux@...y.sk>,
        Jesse Brandeburg <jesse.brandeburg@...el.com>,
        davem@...emloft.net, kuba@...nel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Benjamin Reed <breed@...rs.sourceforge.net>,
        Javier Achirica <achirica@...rs.sourceforge.net>,
        Jean Tourrilhes <jt@....hp.com>,
        Fabrice Bellet <fabrice@...let.info>,
        linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 12/30] net: wireless: cisco: airo: Fix a myriad of coding
 style issues

On Fri, 28 Aug 2020, Kalle Valo wrote:

> Ondrej Zary <linux@...y.sk> writes:
> 
> > On Thursday 27 August 2020 09:49:12 Kalle Valo wrote:
> >> Ondrej Zary <linux@...y.sk> writes:
> >> 
> >> > On Monday 17 August 2020 20:27:06 Jesse Brandeburg wrote:
> >> >> On Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:27:01 +0300
> >> >> Kalle Valo <kvalo@...eaurora.org> wrote:
> >> >> 
> >> >> > I was surprised to see that someone was using this driver in 2015, so
> >> >> > I'm not sure anymore what to do. Of course we could still just remove
> >> >> > it and later revert if someone steps up and claims the driver is still
> >> >> > usable. Hmm. Does anyone any users of this driver?
> >> >> 
> >> >> What about moving the driver over into staging, which is generally the
> >> >> way I understood to move a driver slowly out of the kernel?
> >> >
> >> > Please don't remove random drivers.
> >> 
> >> We don't want to waste time on obsolete drivers and instead prefer to
> >> use our time on more productive tasks. For us wireless maintainers it's
> >> really hard to know if old drivers are still in use or if they are just
> >> broken.
> >> 
> >> > I still have the Aironet PCMCIA card and can test the driver.
> >> 
> >> Great. Do you know if the airo driver still works with recent kernels?
> >
> > Yes, it does.
> 
> Nice, I'm very surprised that so old and unmaintained driver still
> works. Thanks for testing.

That's awesome.  Go Linux!

So where does this leave us from a Maintainership perspective?  Are
you still treating the driver as obsolete?  After this revelation, I
suggest not.  So let's make it better. :)

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Lee Jones [李琼斯]
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