In two separate email threads this week, I have been asked about the
status of the Android wakelock issue that has been described in the
past. It turns out that people don't realize that the Linux kernel now
supports this type of locking, and has for a few releases now.
As noted before, I get a lot of email every day. A few years ago it
got to the point that the number of individual queries coming in was making it
so that I really didn't have much time to do much else than answer them. So
after messing with some perl scripts I came up with an email bot that sits and
watches my inbox for messages it can answer by pointing people at the proper
place to ask the question in the first place.
Finally, after many years of people asking for this, Linux can now
properly support all known Samsung laptop devices. This means we can
now handle backlight control, wifi button issues,and the weird
"performance mode" keys as well as some of the other function keys.
Instead of the old boring "here's what drivers are being merged and
deleted" and the like as I've posted in the past, I thought I'd just
write about one specific project that has recently gone public that I
think is a great indicator of how far the Linux Driver Project has come
From the very beginning, Novell has been extremely supportive of the
Linux Driver Project, allowing me to work on it on company time, and has
encouraged companies they partner with to participate in it, to get
Linux drivers into the main kernel tree. One such company recently has