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Re: address@hidden: GSoC proposal, device driver glue code]


From: Barry deFreese
Subject: Re: address@hidden: GSoC proposal, device driver glue code]
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 22:49:40 -0400
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Richard Braun wrote:
On Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 05:58:57PM -0300, Matheus Morais wrote:
I had learning a bit about Linux 2.6 device drivers and I share of the same
opinion from syn. I could see a _lot_ of work to update the glue code. My
question is, update to Linux 2.6 device drivers is more feasible than write
a new GNUMach API to made porting Linux 2.6/ BSD device drivers more easy or
at least to write GNUMach drivers natively ,instead use drivers from other
O.S?

Writing native drivers is just not possible, there should be a lot more
developers. In addition, the proposal is to rewrite entirely the glue
code in GNU Mach to be able to use Linux 2.6 drivers unmodified, using
the current glue code only to understand how this should work. AIUI, he
doesn't plan to "update to Linux 2.6 device drivers" instead of "write a
new GNUMach API to made porting Linux 2.6 device drivers more easy".

Hey guys. I'm speaking totally out of my arse as usual here but how hard would it be to generalize the "glue layer" and let us load drivers as modules instead?

Thanks,

Barry




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