KernelTrap: Restoring the Philips Webcam Driver
Aug 31, 2004, 15:15 (11 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to codez for
this link. ]
"Users of the Philips webcam driver known as 'pwc' will be
relieved to the learn that the driver will continue to be part of
the Linux kernel. In an earlier dispute over the removal of a
special hook only used to load its binary-only counterpart the
author requested that the entire driver be removed, a request
agreed to by Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
"Alan Cox, evidently returned from his one year sabbatical,
disagreed with this decision, and to make a point suggested that
his own extensive contributions should also be removed from the
kernel, 'point made? We can't go around throwing out drivers
because the author had a tantrum.' Regarding this specific
instance, Alan explained, 'he is not sole author. Large parts of
the code are based on other authors work and simply copied from the
standard framework. Please put back the version without the hooks.
It is useful to all sorts of people in that form...'"