[vbox-dev] [PATCH v2] staging: vboxvideo: Add vboxvideo to drivers/staging

Michael Thayer michael.thayer at oracle.com
Tue Jun 13 13:45:14 GMT 2017

13.06.2017 14:48, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
[Discussion of vboxvideo coding style.]
> Once your code is accepted into the main kernel tree, why would you
> continue to work in an out-of-tree repo anyway?  That's ripe for
> disaster, what's keeping you from just working with the in-tree version?

One of our use cases is customers running older operating systems,
including legacy Linux distributions.  However those customers would
still like the most up-to-date guest drivers possible without updating
the kernel.  Updating drivers without updating the kernel is not a
scenario of interest to upstream kernel developers, which is why we will
continue to maintain the out-of-tree repository (which is actually the
VirtualBox repository, where the OS-independent code is shared with
drivers for other platforms).  The end result is not unlike what Red Hat
does when it does back-ports to its stable kernels.


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