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Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, Others at Odds Over Pushing Hardware Drivers Out of Linux?

Aug 07, 2007, 00:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"I can't possibly profess to know what the pros and cons are of pushing hardware device drivers into the hypervisors that support virtualization technologies like those from XEN and VMware. But it's clear from a recent thread over at the Linux Foundation that there's some disagreement amongst experts (including Linus Torvalds himself) as to whether it makes sense or not..."

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Planetè Béranger: Linus Actually Said More Than That

"Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing hardware drivers out of Linux? pointed to an intriguing discussion thread: [Desktop_architects] Drivers -- below the OS?, but David Berlind failed to notice that the 'Strong words from Linus regarding the virtualization community!' were actually more than saying: 'I think what you're seeing is virtualization proponents being absolutely desperate for any reason to use virtualization... So next time you hear about hypervisors doing anything at all, ask yourself where the message comes from. Does it come from a group of people who are desperately trying to make themselves appear relevant? Or does it come from forty years of actual real-life practice?>... I don't doubt at all that virtualization is useful in some areas. What I doubt rather strongly is that it will ever have the kind of impact that the people involved in virtualization want it to have...'"

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