Do we need this junk?

Craig Boston craig at
Thu Apr 5 20:08:52 UTC 2007

On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 12:56:35PM -0500, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> 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.
> 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?

Don't forget about PCCard.  There are still quite a few 16-bit PCCard
devices floating around, especially modems.  PCCard is basically
ISA + some PnP magic.  There are standards looming that may eventually
replace it, but for now even most brand new laptops have it.

ep(4) is an (E)ISA only driver, but I keep a 3Com 3CXFE574BT XJack NIC
on my shelf because it _ALWAYS WORKS_.  It's not fast, but when
everything else is broken and you need a network connection, it
certainly is handy.


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