Re: [Alsa-user] another in kernel alsa update that breaks backward compatibilty?

From: Dmitry Torokhov
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 13:52:06 EST

On 8/9/06, Sergei Steshenko <steshenko_sergei@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, 9 Aug 2006 12:36:23 -0400
"Dmitry Torokhov" <dmitry.torokhov@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> You are confused. By your logic you do not need XEN at all - just take
> a kernel version + alsa and never change/update it - and viola!
> "stable" ABI.

I simply described how one ABI (ALSA <-> kernel in this case) can
be stabilized, while new non-ALSA related features (and potentially
unstable ABI) can still be had.

If computer has enough resources, practically every ABI can be
stabilized (if desired) this way - as long as the ABI is PCI slot

And in extreme case once you "stablizie" everything you end up with a
system that is not upgradeable at all.

That is, I can, for example, stabilize ALSA-kernel interface choosing
(ALSA 1.0.11 + kernel 2.6.17) and I can stabilize TV card interface
using (whatever v4l + kernel 2.6.18), etc,

But you are not stabilizing ABI, you are freezing a subsystem. Stable
ABI does not mean that bugs do not get fixed and new hardware support
is not being addeed, as in your case.

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