Has anyone dumped udev for devfs?
thomas.cameron at camerontech.com
Fri Feb 4 17:15:17 UTC 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Fries" <Kevin at hcico.com>
To: "Rahul Sundaram" <rahulsundaram at gmail.com>; "For users of Fedora Core
releases" <fedora-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: Has anyone dumped udev for devfs?
> The real bitch in all of this is that I am trying hard to eliminate
> Windows in our workplace, and this incident set us way back. Because
> Linux will not talk to a basic scanner, I just got "schooled" on why
> Linux is imappropriate for all business use. Everyone in the forum
> knows that this is crap, but we are talking about business not technical
> people making the final decision (account not me writes the checks).
> This is why beta (and udev is late alpha early beta stage) software
> should not be in a stable distro tree!!!! This is business 101 people.
> ~ How can we battle the Microsofting of our networks, with all its
> security nightmares, if we can not offer an alternative that can talk to
> a basic scanner, webcam (for video conferencing), etc?
> | devfs is a bad alternative for above mentioned reasons. file bugs in
> | bugzilla.redhat.com against udev
> Further reason this was a bad decision. Don't make the step forward
> until you know the ground can hold your weight, or you just might find
> yourself in a freefall.
> - --
> Kevin Fries
> Network Administrator
> Hydrologic Consultants, Inc of Colorado
> (303) 969-8033 FAX: (303) 969-8357
I have to agree with Kevin on this. I am really amazed at the whole udev
debacle. To me it seems that we are trying to adopt a form of "Plug and
Play" for Linux. While the concept is cool, I wonder if it is really
necessary. What I mean is, the old method (tons of files in /dev) Just
Worked(TM). If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Now having said that, I am not a programmer so I am not sure how much work
it has been to keep all of those special files.
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