[linux-audio-dev] Getting out of the software game

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Wed Mar 14 13:16:04 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-03-14 at 08:56 -0400, Paul Coccoli wrote:

> Besides, what you want is probably impossible.  You can't have
> pre-comiled, binary-only drivers *and* a custom kernel.

in theory, you certainly can. but the kernel development team, and linus
in particular, are not interested in an engineering effort/long term
approach that makes this feasible. if you define a stable driver binary
interface, you can change the kernel out around it and drivers keep
working. linus has made it clear that he sees no reason to do this, and
is perhaps even opposed to it for some possibly sound engineering
arguments (though that is open to debate).

whether a patch that is as intrusive as ingo's would manage to not break
such a DBI is a question that is hard to answer, since the DBI doesn't


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