[ros-dev] HP webOS goes opensource

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 18 15:42:29 UTC 2012

Am 18.01.2012 16:06, schrieb Aleksey Bragin:
> On 18.01.2012 18:14, Jakob Eriksson wrote:
>> On January 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM Adam<geekdundee at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Although that would require recompiling the kernel just to
>>> install/uninstall drivers. I do understand loadable modules are
>>> supported but I'm not sure this applies to drivers. And if it does, I
>>> doubt it would apply to all drivers.
>> No recompile. It applies to all drivers for PCI and USB devices and
>> huge bunch
>> of other things. Almost everything is loadable, including all routing
>> tricks.
> It's a loadable module, yes, and it loads dynamically indeed. There is
> one issue though: the binary driver itself has to be recompiled with
> every Linux kernel update. I personally experience this when I patch the
> bt8x8 video capture device driver for my 8 ports capturing card, every
> time I manually patch source code to include my specific hardware (oh
> yes, it's already 5 years old, it's being sold in every hardware shop,
> but still it's not in the linux kernel).
> P.S. Proper answer from Linux team would be "We accept patches!" :-).

Well... I DID sent in patches to get my video capture device supported 
and since 2.9.38 I can finally use it without manually compiling the 
"standalone variant" provided by the driver's maintainer ;)


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