[alsa-devel] [PATCH] Try to make our poor little ALS4000 driver worthy of its copious public specs (first step)

John L. Utz III john.utz at dmx.com
Wed Aug 20 00:30:23 CEST 2008

On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 15:24:29 -0700, Rene Herman <rene.herman at keyaccess.nl>  

> On 20-08-08 00:08, John L. Utz III wrote:
>>> Never omitting any opportunity to complain about missing vendor  
>>> cooperation, but what do they do once people actually do publish
>>> ample specs? - yeah, you got that right: NOTHING!!
>>  Congratulations on your patch, but i dont think this comment was  
>> particularly helpful.
> Oh, come one. He had his tongue quite firmly and definitely in cheek...

Ok Rene, i will take your word for it.

>> Had the spec been released concurrent with the release of the chip,
>> who knows what would have happened?
>>  The ALS4k is not currently manufactured, so there is not a good
>> reason to invest development resources in supporting it.
>>  Time is better spent supporting new chips so that new distro releases
>> can support new computers so that computer vendors and end users will
>> feel less put out by having linux as the default OS for their brand
>> new computer!
> One of the main reasons for wanting specs over vendor supplied drivers  
> in fact is to be able to support _old_ hardware -- hardware that the  
> manfacturer feels no need to support anymore, but the users still want  
> to use. As such, I believe the above is definitely off the mark.

Yah, i suspected that i might get a poke-back on that comment. :-)

My position has evolved substantially over the years as i have gone from a  
guy that put together computers from used parts to a guy that buys them  
new every couple of years.

I am keenly aware that most folks dont have that opportunity.

I also recognize that the chance to resurrect cast-offs to provide  
computer systems to populations that otherwise wouldnt have them is also a  
good use for older gear.(i am trying to arrange something like that in the  
non-profit that i help out with)

> But anyways, he was definitely being "joke-ish". You took it way too  
> seriously.

Alrighty then.

> Rene.

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