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LinuxPlanet: The Linux Kernel's SCSI Subsystem

Sep 03, 2002, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Many Linux users don't have any SCSI hardware, so may not even be aware that there is anything amiss with the SCSI subsystem. SCSI is mostly used amongst businesses, developers, and higher end power users who need access to the additional write speed and reliability SCSI provides, and are capable of paying the higher price for those features.

"Some people predict that SCSI will fade over time as IDE drives get faster and remain cheaper, or bow to newer protocols like USB 2.0. Whether you agree with this or not, this doesn't change the fact that the SCSI devices in existence will be around for some time, and Linux needs to support them as well as it can especially to improve its enterprise-level capabilities. Not to mention the fact that the USB mass storage system actually functions under the kernel hood as a Lower Layer (more about this soon) SCSI driver!

"Plus, let's face it. If there's a weakness, it needs to be fixed. Often each of the different Linux kernel development teams can learn from the others' triumphs, as well..."

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