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Re: [SLE] Siig / initio inic1620 sata controller driver?
  • From: "Steve Jacobs" <stevetjacobs@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:01:21 -0400
  • Message-id: <315db9660604041201x10e25ad1s5ecf025f779124b3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 4/4/06, Sandy Drobic <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Steve Jacobs wrote:
> >
> > B) I have absolutely no idea how easy or difficult it is to write a
> > device driver,
> >
> >
> > If I'm somewhat bright, and good at figuring out logic puzzles, but
> > have practically no programming experience, is it ridiculous to
> > consider the possibility of writing a device driver myself? I assume
> > so; I have no idea where to even begin with such a thing.

> Wow, that's some serious illusion! If you are willing to throw probably
> hundreds of hours of work into such a project in order to rescue $40 of
> bad investment without any realistic prospect of a return I advise you not
> to work for anyone that might ask you how effective you organize your
> resources!!
> In order to write a driver you need a lot of knowledge which you yourself
> profess not to have.
> My advice is to get your priorities straight. $40 might annoy you but that
> is a cheap lesson compared to many frustrating hours working on a project
> that will probably never see the light of success.
> Sandy

Maybe I'm taking your response the wrong way, but it seems to me
you're almost attacking me, and accusing me of having my priorities
way out of whack.

i originally stated that I have no idea how easy or difficult writing
a driver is - therefore, for all I know/knew, it's pretty simple, and
I may have been mistaken by *assuming* it was beyond me.

Now, having said that, I also stated that I was pretty sure it was a
ridiculous notion; I was just trying to confirm that.

Seems to me I've got things pretty straight - I just wanted to verify
what I believed to be the case before acting on it.

And if the job was realistically 'doable', even if it wasn't trivial,
I'd be happy to challenge myself and learn something new in the
process. Obviously there are folks in the community that *DO* write
drivers for unsupported hardware, so it's clearly possible. Most
likely I myself haven't got the skills, admittedly.

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