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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...'"

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