Subject: Re: Linux kernel compatability
Date: Tuesday 4th January 2011 03:39:03 UTC (over 6 years ago)
In article <[email protected]>, Jeff Roberson writes: >The original OFED porting effort I did with John Polstra and the people at >Isilon was never updated to my knowledge. It was more mechanical changes >and 'felt' more like FreeBSD but fell so far out of date as to be useless. >Interestingly there was originally a porting layer in the ofed stack back >as it originally compiled on many operating systems. However the >opensource effort focused on linux and the linux people wouldn't take it >without the shims removed. And that, I am absolutely, 100% willing to ascribe to malice on the Linux kernel developers' part. (And there's more than one example like this, not all of them as easily resolved, due to issues with licensing and ownership of original-vendor-abandoned code.) Fundamentally, maintaining any sort of Linux compatibility is a losing battle, since the hordes will keep on rototilling interfaces in every release until the cows come home, with no concern (and in many cases utter contempt) for anyone else who might need to maintain kernel code. It's a testament to their size and ability that they have managed to keep the system relatively usable and stable over the long term when major parts of the system get replaced on such a regular basis. -GAWollman  If you can call "removing support for other operating systems" "resolving". _______________________________________________ [email protected] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-arch To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[email protected]"