[lsb-discuss] Question from an AppChecker user...

Wichmann, Mats D mats.d.wichmann at intel.com
Fri Dec 12 10:52:35 PST 2008

As far as I know, AppChecker has boxes to submit "errors" as "request for future LSB feature" - I haven't looked at this in detail but predecessor tools (atk-manager) had this.

I'm assuming from the rest of the context "kernel API" means an interface for drivers to use.  If such a thing truly stabilizes, then someone could propose to include it; while LSB has been asked for it many many times, I can say as an internal statement - maybe this is not what you pass on - that LSB is not working on that with anyone right now.

I think dkms is considered an interim solution until other things evolve (as discussed above).  I'd say if it's really considered interim it would be unlikely for LSB.

This sounds negative;  the essence is that LSB has been focused on a different layer of application portability than is implied by talking directly to the kernel.  I *know* there are applications that have a driver component, and those have always seemed problematic for the apps which have a driver piece.  It would take some sort of conscious decision for LSB to start focusing on that area, which doesn't mean it couldn't happen someday.

From: lsb-discuss-bounces at lists.linux-foundation.org [mailto:lsb-discuss-bounces at lists.linux-foundation.org] On Behalf Of Brian Proffitt
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:42 AM
To: lsb-discuss
Subject: [lsb-discuss] Question from an AppChecker user...

One of the respondents from the AppChecker survey had a few questions I wanted to forward to the group:

o Did you have any request form about intégration of exteral library like pcap/libcurl in LSB ?
o Any plan to introduce a kernel stabilized API in conjuction with kernel team ? I also known that is under way in kernel team, but did you plan to support it explicitly ?
o Or maybe, as first step to LSBize dkms building framework.

Brian Proffitt
Community Manager
Linux Foundation/Linux Developer Network

AIM: StartXScribe
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