Subject: Re: bus_dma
To: Charles M. Hannum <>
From: John S. Dyson <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/11/1998 20:39:59
Charles M. Hannum said:
> I think this issue can be summarized thusly:
> * The NetBSD interface was developed by a number of people, many of
>   whom are quite experienced, not just with PCs, but will many other
>   systems as well.  It has been proven to work for a large variety of
>   hardware, and to easily accomodate workarounds for bugs and design
>   failures.  None of this is hypothetical.
> * Justin claims that his modifications to the interface are an
>   improvement, with no hard evidence to back it up.  These changes
>   have *not* been tested in the `real world' -- i.e. on multiple,
>   substantially different, hardware platforms.  Multiple technical
>   issues about these changes have been brought up and not adequately
>   (if at all) replied to; instead Justin and John have to a large
>   extent merely stated platitudes about how wonderful FreeBSD is.
> So it seems clear to me that there is at this point no reason why we
> would want to change our interface.
I believe that there is no reason to cooperate (in that way, I
might be disagreeing with Justin.)  So, for once, I agree
with you.  Wouldn't it be nice if FreeBSD could just move
forward and not tangle with these things anymore? :-).

John                  | Never try to teach a pig to sing,     | it just makes you look stupid,         | and it irritates the pig.