Do we need this junk?

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Apr 5 18:18:37 UTC 2007

On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 12:56:35PM -0500, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> On 4/5/07, Dag-Erling Smørgrav <des at> wrote:
> >"Nikolas Britton" <nikolas.britton at> writes:
> >> Can anything in the list below be removed from CURRENT?
> >
> >No.  Modern i386 and amd64 still have an ISA bus, and devices
> >connected to that bus, even if they don't have ISA slots.
> >
> What you speak of is the LPC bus. LPC is intended to be a
> motherboard-only bus. No connector is defined, and no LPC peripheral
> daughterboards are available.

But from the software's viewpoint it looks like an ISA-bus.

> So I come back to the question of why we have external devices from
> 1987 still floating around in the kernel and more importantly why
> these devices are enabled by default in the GENERIC kern conf?

Beacuse many of them are still perfectly usable presumably.
(And because there are a number of persons who do run FreeBSD on older
systems that might have those devices.)

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Erik Trulsson
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