Re: [somewhat OT] binary modules agaaaain

From: Horst von Brand
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 08:05:17 EST

Guennadi Liakhovetski <gl@xxxxxxxxx> said:
> On Tue, 20 Apr 2004, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> > > A binary module is "considered good" if

> > This is a false assumption IMO no binary only modules can be "good".

> I agree! That was just an idea to make Linux life easier __if__ it
> __must__ live with binary modules.

Then call it "tolerable", not "good". ("Barely tolerable" comes to mind,
but might be a bit harsh...).

In any case, one of the biggest advantages of Linux is that in-kernel
interfaces aren't set in stone. They are extremely efficient because they
are expressed in terms of access to data structures and inline functions
and macros. The kernel is extremely flexible because it can be configured
in hundreds of different ways. All of this is lost through a fixed
binary-only interface to the binary blob inside the module.
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