Re: [PATCH] Direct /dev/psaux driver and relevant Kconfig changes

From: E.Rodichev
Date: Fri Apr 23 2004 - 17:37:00 EST

On Wed, 21 Apr 2004, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:

> The driver is not ready for kernel proper - it will not work for machines
> with active multiplexing controllers (4 AUX + KBD port) and these are quite
> common.


I'd like to add some arguments for includind a compatibility /dev/psaux
driver into production 2.6.x series.

- you argue that the driver is not ready for kernel because it doesn't
support all hardware. But it is typical - every driver may work only for
some defined subset of hardware availiable. There are many drivers in
linux kernel now, which are specific for some notebooks and/or controllers.
IBM ThinkPad is rather wide-spead notebooks, and IMHO only this reason is
sufficient argument not to reject suggested compatibility driver.

- it will be very inconvenient for _many_ users to modify this patch for
every new release of 2.6.x kernels. I'm not going into several discussions
concerning new input level approach. It is a good thing, and the development
of new approach will be continued, but why we have to reject optional
compatibility solution?

- if this driver will be included in mainstream, it will be additional
challenge for many people to extend its hardware compatibility.

Best wishes,
Evgeny Rodichev Sternberg Astronomical Institute
email: er@xxxxxxxxxx Moscow State University
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