Re: Lothar Project
Stephen Crowley writes:
> > Do kernel hackers seem to like it ? I.e., it's critical to try to
> > involve the linux community for wide-scale driver converage.
> Dont know about that, but from what I've seen it looks like they are going
> in the wrong direction with their project. Try are trying to implement
> something equivalent to the windows Device Manager before taking care of the
> lowlevel stuff. One of the first things that should be done is a database of
> isapnp->kernel module parameters should be made. Here is what I mean...
That is exactly what they are doing in the "detect" library which
apparently originated in the laetos project (www.lateos.org).
I have tried to install this "detect" component, it provides both a
library and a command-line tool around it, that allows to dump the
Of course, one of the critical component of this library is the
database that links PCI and ISAPNP ids to type of hardware and the
Linux drivers or X servers, there is also mouse detection code, (which
maybe a bit less advanced than the one of Ben, I am not sure). The
library includes some pnpdump code, and relies on the /proc filesystem
for the PCI stuff as well as for harddisk information.
In the Lothar "project", they also try to develop a lothar
"component" which is the high level GUI stuff, and which is not as much
relevant for us now.
I am not sure how the "detect" library is redundant with the stuff in
the Redhat installation programs (the Redhat database seems more
complete for PCI ids). Anyway we certainly need the autodetection
functionality in Debian.