One could notice on Ted's badge that it says "VA Research", and he actually announced it. Yes, VA is really on a hiring frenzy, they've gotten a bunch of great people. If you are a valuable linux coder, be careful, they might come to your door one day and try to throw money at you
I have to apologize for not having any more notes; I actually had many
pictures of his talk, including all his slides, but because of a user error
when I used GNU photo to dump all the
pictures (I forgot to change directories, that's what 4 times of getting up at
07:00 in a row will do to me... ), Gphoto happily overwrote the ones that were
in the current directory, and those were more pictures of Ted and the slides.
Ted did submit a detailled paper on his talk, and it's available in the proceedings, and hopefully soon on the linuxexpo web site
The few notes that I got were:
Ted seems to like Slackware at least as much as I do. For him, as a programmer, it's been a huge support nightware because it didn't ship kernel headers that matched the binary kernel that was included (which breaks any kernel module that you try to compile). Funny, as a sysadmin and "answer-guy", I have the exact same feeling about slackware: it's a support headacke.
Please, do yourself and everyone else a favor: unless you've been using it for the last x years, and you both enjoy and know how to fix and upgrade the outdated libraries in slackware, run some other distribution.
Ted recommended the Serial driver and the Rocketport drivers are two examples of
drivers written in a way that they'll work on different major versions of
There was also some mention of UDI, the Uniform Device Interface. It is meant for binary compatibility between Unices on PC, but it real life it is mainly an advantage to other Unices, like SCO, and it will add a possibly sizable overhead for linux compared to native drivers, so for now only SCO is working on this and the linux community shouldn't be overly worried about this even if it'd be nice to have drivers for non speed critical devices that would also work on FreeBSD and affiliated.
Ted finished by mentionning that even when you've taken the necessary steps to
get a portable kernel module, you still have to take care of the installation
on the actual system, and he gave an example of shell script that works both
on RedHat like and Debian systems, and mentionned that here again that
Slackware is a pain since it doesn't have Sys V style initscripts.
All this will hopefully get much easier as the LSB efforts go along.
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