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Re: Bug#452014: ITP: atl2-source -- Source for the Attansic L2 ethernet driver

On Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 03:47:35PM -0400, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> * Package name    : atl2-source
>   Version         :
>   Upstream Author : xiong huang <xiong.huang@atheros.com>
> * URL             : https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/+source/linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22/
> * License         : GPL
>   Programming Lang: C
>   Description     : Source for the Attansic L2 ethernet driver

> This is the driver for the Attansic/Atheros L2 which is present in
> systems such as the Asus Eee PC.

Why not instead work on getting this driver into to the mainline linux
kernel? Since the driver is GPL, the only reasons it's not in mainline

1) The driver does not match the quality expectations of mainline linux
kernel. In this case, out our quality expecations less than those of
kernel? Are we really OK with shipping buggy and unreviewed drivers to

2) The driver is too new and isn't submitted to kernel yet. According
to driver project[1], atl2 driver is "old and needs hacking".

[1] http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/DriversNeeded#Fixed_Ethernet

"rm -rf" only sounds scary if you don't have backups

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