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Re: GNU Mach glue code update

From: Richard Braun
Subject: Re: GNU Mach glue code update
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:34:09 +0200
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On Mon, Jul 17, 2006 at 02:35:51PM +0300, Constantine Kousoulos wrote:
> In that way,
> writing glue code is not very reusable. I could try writing
> gnumach native drivers, although i'm not sure this is a better
> approach.

I disagree. Writing native drivers would take a *lot* of time. Just
consider how hard debugging a driver is. As Thomas suggested, we
are not forced to use Linux drivers. There are other alternatives out
there. I think I'll try FreeBSD 6 drivers first, and if I can get IDE
support working, it would be interesting to consider this approach.
BSD kernels are more or less known to have more or less stable kernel
interfaces, at least far more stable than in Linux.

> I could focus on porting linux's sound drivers as a primary
> develpment target. I have to admit though, that i was thinking on
> focusing on usb support first.

Well, we should first make sure that there will be as few regressions
as possible if we switch to another drivers set. So getting IDE working,
then Ethernet NICs, and SCSI controllers already supported must be
the priority (IMHO). If the code base is correctly integrated, it will
not be particularly hard to add other driver classes in after that.

> However, I would like to inform you that for the next 7 days i
> will take a summer vacation. I will continue the development when
> i return.

Sure, nice holidays then :-).

Richard Braun

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