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Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 21:26:17 -0800 (PST)
From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@transmeta.com>
To: Miles Lane <miles@megapathdsl.net>
Subject: Re: (Linus, please respond!) Re: Roadmap to restoring working

On Sat, 20 Jan 2001, Miles Lane wrote:
> I have attached the patch.

Ok, this is the same I sw in my later email.

I'm not applying stuff like this. I try very hard indeed to avoid
interface changes during stable kernel releases, and there really has to
be some overriding concern like "it is fundamentally broken and you cannot
make it work" or "it oopses".

The only reason for this patch seems to be that people want to distinguish
between pre-kernels and the final thing, and I just don't think that is
overriding enough. In fact, I personally think it's not even interesting.

I can easily apply a patch that just increases the documentation changes
version number for modutils. The fact that such modutils binaries won't
work with pre-2.4.0 kernels is not even on my radar screen, quite frankly.
There isn't even an installed base of people using it, and I don't think
anybody of the developers using it are still using pre-kernels. In short,
I see absolutely no reason for even trying to maintain any backwards
compatibility in this area.


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