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Avoiding Blobs

Oct 15, 2007, 07:30 (3 Talkback[s])

"A recent attempt to push some V4L/DVB updates for inclusion in the 2.6.24 Linux kernel met with some resistance. Linus Torvalds summarized the problems affecting the em28xx video driver:

"'I've talked to various people, and none of the main kernel people end up being at all interested in a kernel that has external dependencies on binary blobs for tuners.

"'So right now it seems like while I would personally want to have more vendors supprt their own drivers, if that in this case means that we'd have to have user-space and unmaintainable binaries to tune the cards, everybody seems to hate that idea...'"

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