Re: Re: pci-skeleton duplex check

From: arun4linux (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 09:35:30 EST

<<Interfaces should NEVER change in patch level versions.
Just *DO NOT DO IT*.
>>I do agree on this.

This is a common complaint about linux kernel developers. And this always gives an insecure feeling :-) for the device driver or kernel module programmers.
This was one of the issues in my earlier company/work and they have gone for another OS.

Warm Regards

"Michael Richardson" wrote:


>>>>> "Donald" == Donald Becker writes:
Donald> The drivers in the kernel are now heavily modified and have significantly
Donald> diverged from my version. Sure, you are fine with having someone else
Donald> do the difficult and unrewarding debugging and maintainence work, while
Donald> you work on just the latest cool hardware, change the interfaces and are
Donald> concerned only with the current kernel version.

I agree strongly with Donald.

Interfaces should NEVER change in patch level versions.
Just *DO NOT DO IT*.

Go wild in odd-numbered.. get the interfaces right there.
But leave them alone afterward.

This is a fundamental tenant of being professional. Otherwise, the kernel
people are the biggest reason I've ever seen for using *BSD.
Microsoft is not the real enemy. Gratuitous change is.

] ON HUMILITY: to err is human. To moo, bovine. | firewalls [
] Michael Richardson, Sandelman Software Works, Ottawa, ON |net architect[
] |device driver[
] panic("Just another Debian GNU/Linux using, kernel hacking, security guy"); [

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