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From: Christian Heim <phreak@g.o>
To: Thomas Kirchner <gentoo2@××××××××.org>
Cc: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Re: Last rites for net-wireless/ipw2100 and net-wireless/ipw2200
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 10:20:59
On Friday, 22. December. 2006 01:36, you wrote:
> Hi Christian. > > * On Dec 21 0:42, Christian Heim (gentoo-dev@l.g.o) wrote: > > net-wireless/ipw2100 and net-wireless/ipw2200 are both kernel drivers > > built as an external package through portage. The codebase currently in > > portage is the same that is present in any up-to-date kernel tarball > > (2.6.x). > > > > For this reason I am suggesting, everyone migrates to the in-kernel > > drivers. > > Have you gotten any kind of a response to this yet? I personally use > net-wireless/ipw2200 and would not be happy to see it removed.
No I haven't gotten any response to this. Only thing I heard was the question if 2.4 users might be dazzled by this. You're the first one.
> The package makes it easier to maintain updated wireless drivers, as the > kernel can often be behind the current release. Kernel releases can be > some time apart, and point releases do not often incorporate new > third-party drivers. Consider how long you might have to wait for a bug > fix for your wireless if a kernel had just been released. Also, it > removes the need to recompile the kernel when new ipw drivers are > released.
Usually you don't have to wait *that* long. And point is, the current upstream development (ipw2? is nearly halted, thus bugs get fixed in the kernel at the same time they get fixed in ipw2?00. Point with this removal is to remove another package, that is eating up my time. As I don't have the interest to maintain it anymore (and the in-kernel drivers work without any problems) and also nobody else showed interest in this package, I went ahead and announced its removal.
> Furthermore, many users have a much easier time using the > externally-built module than the in-kernel drivers. I, personally, found > it to "just work" whereas the kernel drivers would not work without lots > of troubleshooting.
I haven't been in this situation, and I've never seen any complaints (neither via mail nor bugzilla), so I have to take the point that there are no problems (remember, I can only fix stuff I know of). I'm really sorry if that complicates your life more than usual (;)). Sincerely, Christian Heim -- Christian Heim <phreak at> GPG key ID: 9A9F68E6 Fingerprint: AEC4 87B8 32B8 4922 B3A9 DF79 CAE3 556F 9A9F 68E6 -- gentoo-dev@g.o mailing list