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By glazou on Wednesday 8 September 2004, 10:16 - Computing
This is the kind of news that makes me doubt about it.
Well in that case you misunderstood why Linux (kernel) actually work. If you allow hooks to load
binary code in the kernel, then there is no way you can debug what happens if you get a failure.
In a nutshell the whole process of release early - get testers - get bug reports back - debug - rerelease
doesn't work anymore because you can't debug what code in binary form is doing within a kernel.
There is no protection within the kernel space, a tainted module can generate erratic, and undebuggable
problems anywhere in the kernel. There is a very good technical reason to not allow such binary loading
hooks. And so far except the problem of kernel video card support, every segment of the supported hardware
market understood this and complied. Even IBM is now saying that binary not open-source modules are a
bad thing !
DV: I agree with what you said, but this is not my point at all... What's the impact on the Linux user? It's bad, very bad, whatever is the reason.
afaics this guy just don't want to maintain the module anymore, and came up with an excuse for it. If I'm not mistaken, someone else already volunteered to take over.
here's the proposal for the replacement groups.google.com/groups?...
Alan cox is the new maintainer, see kerneltrap.org/node/view/... for details. Webcam support is not going away.
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