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Date:   Thu, 12 May 2022 12:28:21 -0700
From:   Doug Brown <>
To:     Arnd Bergmann <>,
        James Carlson <>
Cc:     Jakub Kicinski <>,
        David Miller <>,
        Networking <>,
        Paolo Abeni <>,
        Eric Dumazet <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,
        Jiapeng Chong <>,
        "open list:DOCUMENTATION" <>,
        Paul Mackerras <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] net: appletalk: remove Apple/Farallon LocalTalk
 PC support

On 5/12/2022 12:21 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 8:11 PM James Carlson <> wrote:
>> I would've thought AppleTalk was completely gone by now, and I certainly
>> would not be sad to see the dregs removed from pppd, but there was a
>> patch release on the netatalk package just last month, so what do I know?
> I think netatalk 3.0 dropped all appletalk protocol stuff a long time ago and
> only supports AFP over IP.
That's right. The older netatalk 2.x branch has a few different branches 
on GitHub that are being maintained to allow AppleTalk connectivity with 
older Macs through Ethernet (or LocalTalk-to-Ethernet bridges), so 
people are still actively using AppleTalk with Ethernet.

BTW, I messed up my quoting in my previous message so it was hard to see 
part of my reply -- but I agree that everything in drivers/net/appletalk 
could go away except for the Kconfig entry for CONFIG_ATALK. And dev.c 
and the other LocalTalk-specific bits in net/appletalk could go away.

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