Subject: Re: But why?
To: Elijah L. Wright <>
From: Alan Cox <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 10/25/1996 22:48:00
> manufacturers to start SUPPORTING free unix platforms.  Just think: if they
> could write just one driver instead of two then that might prompt the
> creation of twice as many drivers!  After all, no one wants to offend anyone....

Aside from licensing issues (and those can be avoided there are common licenses
that fit both) there is a huge problem you ignore - the whole philosophy of
many of the two kernel designs is very different. You'd never for example get
a network driver for one working with the other. In fact it would be far
easier and more productive if we wanted to take the hit for some poor 
unfortunates just to support NDIS3.