Re: [RFC PATCH 0/1] Portable Device Tree Connector -- conceptual
From: Frank Rowand
Date: Fri Jul 08 2016 - 15:26:17 EST
On 07/08/16 12:20, Frank Rowand wrote:
> On 07/08/16 00:26, Pantelis Antoniou wrote:
>> Hi David,
>>> On Jul 7, 2016, at 10:15 , David Gibson <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> < snip >
>>> Given that we're going to need new code to support this new connector
>>> model, I think we should also fix some of the uglies in the current
>>> overlay format while we're at it.
>> We need to keep compatibility with the old format. There are 5 million
>> RPIs sold, half a million beaglebones and C.H.I.P. is coming out too.
>> They all use overlays in one form or another.
>> Thatâs not counting all the custom boards that actively use them.
>> We have a user base now.
> Please not that I AM NOT suggesting the we remove compatibility with
> the old format!!!
> But I need to push back on the idea that we have a user base that we
> need to keep compatibility with. If I understand correctly, that
> user base is based on using much code that is not in mainline, including
> an altered dtc and a cape manager.
> People using out of tree code can not use the fact that code exists and
> is being widely used to force us to mainline that out of tree code.
> That is the risk of using out of tree code.
> I do not want to start a big discussion about this now since there is
> no plan to remove the compatibility at this point.