Re: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Sat Jan 05 2002 - 02:09:17 EST

Followup to: <>
By author: Henrik Hovi <>
In newsgroup:
> These days hardware is cheap. BUT most of the people using their computer
> as a typewriter and a means to easily do the important things with the
> bank are NOT ready to upgrade to a new state-of-art Itanium 2GHz byte
> crusher with a nice GeForce 5 accelerator and an integrated coffee cooker
> (okay, they would like that one) even though they were cheaper than a
> pair socks. The world doesn't work that way. They don't need such
> monsters and that's it.

They also, usually, don't need to build customized kernels. In fact,
I would argue that for *those* people, anything that gets in the way
of dynamic autodetection (plop a new card in your machine, or connect
a new thing to your USB/PCMCIA/FireWire/ADB/SCSI bus, and the machine
should work on the next boot *without* having to go though a
recompilation process) is a major mistake.


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