Re: [2.6 patch] schedule obsolete OSS drivers for removal

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On Tuesday 03 January 2006 14:33, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> On Tuesday 03 January 2006 13:58, David Lang wrote:
> > On Tue, 3 Jan 2006, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > >> Even if Adrian's not trying to make this point (he's just removing
> > >> duplicate drivers, and opting for the newer ones), we accepted ALSA
> > >> into the kernel. It's probably about time we let OSS die properly, for
> > >> sanity purposes.
> > >
> > > Avoiding bloat is more important.
> >
> > given that the ALSA drivers are not going to be removed, isn't it bloat
> > to have two drivers for the same card?
> Normally this isn't too big a deal in Linux; eventually one gets removed,
> but not until it is substantially inferior than the other (or broken, or
> not compiling, or unmaintained..).
> > yes, an individual compiled kernel may be slightly smaller by continueing
> > to support the OSS driver, but the source (and the maintinance) are
> > significantly worse by haveing two drivers instead of just one.
> If there are two separate maintainers it's probably not a lot worse. I
> think the argument pretty much has to remain "ALSA drivers are technically
> superior, OSS drivers have unfixable limitations", and that should be a
> good enough reason to see them removed.
> Perhaps Andi's concerns about ALSA bloat could also be concerned. 
							 ^^^ addressed


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