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Re: APIs and compatibility

From: Jonathan S. Shapiro
Subject: Re: APIs and compatibility
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 14:39:27 -0400

On Mon, 2008-09-01 at 20:20 +0200, Neal H. Walfield wrote:
> Assuming that the OS has its own interface for accessing devices,
> reusing Linux device drivers does not mean that this interface must be
> abandoned or that the Linux interface must be exposed to applications.
> A server that implements the normal interface can be used to translate
> from one to the other.

You got what I was saying backwards. What I was saying was that re-using
Linux drivers requires that -- somewhere -- there must be an entity that
replicates the Linux DDK.

> First, I am trying to develop a way to first of all safely empower
> applications.  From a pure research perspective, I am not interested
> in creating a product but verifying my ideas.

That sounds perfectly reasonable. I must admit that I am biased by
trying to solve product problems these days.


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