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

Michael Thayer michael.thayer at oracle.com
Wed Jun 14 15:01:36 GMT 2017

14.06.2017 16:42, Sean Paul wrote:
[Discussion of vboxvideo driver kernel integration and clean-up.]
> Once the code is upstream, it's going to be difficult to motivate developers to
> keep the driver close to your downstream version. If I'm working on feature X
> which touches your driver, I'm not going to figure out how your internal version
> works so that I might ease your pain. I don't mean that to be rude, just
> realistic.

I would not expect many changes to happen to the vboxvideo-specific
parts of the driver - what is currently in osdependent -  at least not
without someone talking to me about it first.  If changes happen to the
other parts I would expect to monitor that myself and integrate them
into our out-of-tree driver at regular intervals.  Up until now I have
been tracking the AST driver in this way - not as diligently as I should
have been.  I would expect this to be made easier, not harder if I
switch to tracking in-kernel vboxvideo.  Perhaps I will be proven wrong,
but I do not expect much to be made in the way of changes that will not
make sense for me to integrate, if only because keeping the difference
as small as possible will make sense for me.


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