Re: acpi4asus

From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 23:22:32 EST

Pavel Machek wrote:


I am far from qualified to comment on this, but from a users point of view, is it possible to not have laptop specific code in the kernel?
I have had two Linux laptops and with both I had ACPI issues.
The vendors of both laptops (Toshiba Tecra S1 and now an Asus W3V) don't seem to be following standards. With both I seem to need to patch ACPI to get various functions of the laptop to work.
I would love to see laptop specific functionality definitions exist outside the kernel.

I don't think that forcing laptop users to have their own code outside the kernel is really the best approach for either the developers or the users. Most users will

No, we don't want that. But we do not want ibm-acpi, toshiba-acpi,
asus-acpi, etc, when they really only differ in string constants used.

We want userland to tell kernel 'mail led is controlled by AML routine
foo', instead of having gazillion *-acpi modules.

I see no reason why an interface to that couldn't be included in the kernel, with just a small table for each hardware instead of a whole module. Kind of a white list with detail.

bill davidsen <davidsen@xxxxxxx>
CTO TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979

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