HEADS UP: Dropping ISA & EISA support

David Rhodus sdrhodus at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 15:33:43 PST 2009

I'm curious how the vga driver will be affected.
I have a few old systems still in production that run console only that 
use ISA video cards.

Do you have a patch set to test the ISA removal ?


Sascha Wildner wrote:
Just to clarify:

After 2.2 has been branched (end of January), we'll start dropping 
support for _all_ ISA and EISA cards, not just the NICs.

We can't drop ISA support completely of course because of things like 
PS/2 (atkbdc(4), ...), vga(4) and so on but support for everything 
involving a physical ISA card being plugged into a physical ISA slot 
is planned to be nuked.

A list of ISA drivers is on the isa(4) manual page, but I guess you 
know if there are ISA slots in your box and whether you use them.

Please speak up if you think that this is not a good idea. :)


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