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They ended with Markus submitting some code which made non-backwards compatible changes to that code something some of the other developers didn’t like ; one of them proposed a simple change that would add better backwards compatibility, but Markus basically said “take it as it is or leave it”. Of course, losing “authority” over code is inherent in releasing that code under a license like the GPL. Experience with drivers merged under this policy has generally been positive; once those drivers head for the mainline, they get more attention and tend to improve quickly. Posted Nov 15, 5: By Jonathan Corbet November 11, The project is moreover looking for lower skilled people who can be taught what to do do it as A or B says otherwise they’ll run against C.

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After few years he started to close bugs and feature requests with “use reiser4” effectively abandoning users and stopped reiserfs support when something linhx wring he pointed out that the same thing worked perfectly with previous version of kernel and basically refused to debug and fix problems thus abandoning developers.

Linux Kernel Driver DataBase: CONFIG_VIDEO_EM28XX: Empia EM28xx USB video capture support

So binary drivers here or there is basically the same. Reality is probably a bit more complex though.

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The sad story of the em28xx driver Posted Nov 20, The tone of the discussion is, perhaps, best seen from this note sent to Video4Linux maintainer Mauro Carvalho Chehab: It’s same as with Reiser4 Posted Nov 15, 5: Now one group the v4l group has taken over without taking other dvb people who managed the project before as a small group before Markus was one of the authors of the original em28xx driver, first merged for the 2.


They fight for at least three years now and they still don’t have a useful infrastructure to support DVB-S2 devices. Multiple drivers are easily accepted as temporary solution, but then someone must merge support for other hardware – and then we have “reiserfs situation” where developer works for it’s own feature and against all others It could easily be that this was mistaken though.

How to configure the Linux kernel/drivers/media/video/em28xx

At the beginning of hybrid devices came up and I continued to work on the driver. The sad story of the em28xx driver Posted Nov 13, 1: Maybe Jon’s article can be the crystallization point for everybody to take a step back and go on a path of compromise instead of confrontation hope springs eternal, I know Only after this effort was well underway did Markus begin developing em28sx another in-kernel driver.

Only then would I be in favor of merging the empia driver.

Also, the upstream driver is actively maintained. It’s same as with Reiser4 Posted Nov 14, In the process, the new driver could receive some much-needed attention from other developers.

em28xx – Ubuntu Wiki

The sad story of the em28xx driver. Posted Nov 12, This is, also, the way that kernel developers are normally expected to do their work.

Finally his stuff got merged, bringing my code totally out of sync, and patches which got into mainstream were mostly derived from my code too. All linkx these are weak. Posted Nov 16, The reason for the big patch has always been that the code e28xx to be rebased because the maintainer basically didn’t care about anything there. But, as things stand now, it would appear that this driver is not headed for the mainline.


It’s same as with Reiser4 Posted Nov 12, 9: The sad truth would seem to be that, while working with the community is something that a couple thousand developers do with little trouble every year, there will always be a few who have difficulties.

It’s all about friendship there, A likes B instead of C even if C has better stuff and supporters, so Linxu will wait till B completes his stuff, and C will be pushed away as long as possible without clean reviews or something em28xxx, this is just the way how it works out. But rejecting Markus’s new driver out of hand might ilnux be a mistake. The sad story of the em28xx driver Posted Nov 14, That’s non sequitur to me.

There is no point really to rehash all the old stuff, and to blame person a or person b or person c. The drivers which everything was about are still not available in the kernel, it basically was about Micronas chips back then.

We got video, tuning and audio work.