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

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Wed Mar 14 18:26:35 UTC 2007

On 3/14/07, Fons Adriaensen <fons at kokkinizita.net> wrote:
> You should consider the position of a HW manufacturer who wants
> to develop a new product that may require a Linux driver for it.
> The project is planned, and a budget is set aside for driver
> development. If the kernel to driver interface can change at
> any moment, then it becomes almost impossible to estimate the
> economic value of the Linux driver - it could be useless the
> day after it's finished.

I've been following kernel development closely for a few years now and
I've never seen this happen.  The interface does not change that fast.
 Even for vendors who work against ancient kernels and gratuitously
ignore CodingStyle, it's usually trivial to get a driver in shape for


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