Re: Bug in 1.2.13 firewall? (fwd)

Russell Steffen (
Sun, 16 Jun 1996 12:45:12 -0500 (CDT)

(This discussion seems to have wandered from it's orignal topic
to binary-only device drivers.)

Personnally, I don't mind binary-only drivers, when done properly.
My example of a binary-only driver done properly is the USS (Unix
Sound System) commercial sound card driver. It's distrubeted as
a set of binary modules, and one source module. The source
module is a "shield" module, which exports all of the kernel
symbols that the upper level drivers are going to need. So, when
you change kernels, you re-compile the shield module, and everything
is okay.

This aproach seems to be a pretty good middle ground. It let's the
hardware manufacturer keep their secrets, and it removes dependance
on a particular kernel version.


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