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Date:      Wed, 19 Jan 2000 17:56:11 -0800
From:      Amancio Hasty <>
Cc:        Christopher Masto <>, current@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Neat little DPT utils... 
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 19 Jan 2000 20:48:38 EST." <00011920510403.00537@rbtBSD.intranet> 

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> On Wed, 19 Jan 2000, you wrote:
> > Unfortunately, we currently have a regression problem in FreeBSD.
> > Newer releases tend to drop support for things that have no active
> > maintainer (or a maintainer who is too worn out by continually
> > rewriting his or her software to cope with changed interfaces).
> > Another unfortunate side effect of this is that some developers base
> > their work on older releases rather than chase the moving target of
> > -current.
> If thats the case, then FreeBSD should stop changing :).
> Rather, with the capabilities of NewBus and the module system could it not be
> organized in such a way that the interface the driver requires is loaded along
> with the driver itself?   Perhaps older interfaces just call the functions of
> the new interfaces.   Give them a 1 or 2 year grace period to convert over
> before dropping them cold.  (Thats 1 year in -stable, and 1 year of -current).

My strategy in the past has been to develop kernel stuff for -current . The interfaces
to device drivers or modules is usually a very tiny part of the driver or module.

 Amancio Hasty

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