[tulip] Re: Clean Interfaces....

David Ford david@kalifornia.com
Wed, 26 Jul 2000 15:43:39 -0700

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Lyle Bickley wrote:

> > The current approach is trying to pull all development into the main kernel
> > tree.  The alternative is designing clean interfaces that remain stable
> > until there is a demonstrated reason to change.  Development for new
> > hardware and interfaces should be done in a parallel path, until the updates
> > are at least superficially stable and test.
> Donald makes an excellent point here.  As a consultant to several
> Silicon Valley firms in the area of strategy, I am positive that we can
> be assured of increasingly fast-paced changes in the I/O and device
> technology.   (And we need them!)

Well, I can't say I disagree at all.  Matter of fact, I'm rather frustrated w/
the kernel's pcmcia. I don't have the time to work on it and it remains broken
for my system.  I got so embarassed rebooting my laptop a dozen times trying to
get pcmcia to work when I was at their location.  I got sick of it and switched
back to dhinds package which works pretty dandy in my opinion :)

I'm all for well structured/documented/*** APIs.  I write a lot of code,
efficiency is really nifty.


"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an
eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was

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