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Linux.com: Linux From The Hip: The Rio500 Project

Nov 05, 2000, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bastien Nocera)

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"Hadess: What are the plans for the future? The Rio600 will soon be out... Or you would prefer to shift to other projects?"

"Keith: As far as the rio500 utils, we're going to push to integrate the userspace and kernel driver interfaces so that they're more transparent to users. Basically, everyone can grab the same tarball/rpm and use it. If you have the modular driver, it'll use that or fall over to the userspace driver. This will hopefully make things less confusing for users, leave an easy transition to userspace drivers (if Linux-usb heads that direction in 2.5), and leave the module interface in place for the BSD guys and for those choosing not to utilize usbdevfs (embedded systems comes to mind). Other things we have planned are a separation of low level code into librio500 and higher level access code into librio500_api for ease of longer term maintenance, and to present a nicer interface for anyone writing gui interfaces. This will bring us to v1.0 at which point I think we'll enter maintenance mode. We've talked about the rio600 some, but I think the protocols are going to be totally different, in the way that the rio500 was different than the rio300. If this is true, my rio500 and I won't be much help. I think the rio600 is going to be a new project for a new group of people. I suspect I'll be moving into some new project after v1.0, but who knows . ."

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