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Article:
  Improving Linux Driver Installation
Subject:   API problem much worse than indicated
Date:   2004-09-13 01:01:12
From:   nmailhot
Response to: API problem much worse than indicated

Don't be silly. Do you think hardware devices are manufactured out of thin air ? There is a large window between hardware design and appearance where drivers can be written, vetted and included in the source kernel tree.
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And the more innovative a device is, the more it is true (for stupid variants you have just to add a hardware PCI/USB id to the already-written driver).
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In fact drivers have been written in the past for top-secret devices not yet aven announced, even full subsystems were included before for yet-to-be released standards. Kernel inclusion is only a problem for lazy vendors (and those won't maintain correctly their out-of-tree trash anyway)