On Mon, Apr 24, 2000 at 02:07:22PM -0500, Richard Wackerbarth wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Apr 2000, you wrote:
> > > Seriously, perhaps we should consider putting optional pieces of the
> > > kernel
> >
> > Firmware for a SCSI adapter is not optional. At least not on some of the
> > Alpha machines that download out-of-date firmware from their SRMs so depend
> > on the driver to load them with something up-to-date.
> Sure it is. I certainly have a fine system without any SCSI adapter.
> The whole move toward loadable modules is to make the kernel into a 
> "cafeteria" rather than a "blue plate".
> That firmware is a required part of a particular driver is not in dispute.

People were writing "port", not "module". For the isp firmware it is in some
cases a mandatory part, in some cases a optional part of the driver. Matt
can tell you more ;-)

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