Re: He's right. Again.
He's right, again? Perhaps only because he's stopped Linux drivers getting a little bit worse than they already are. But by making a version of a device's firmware get compiled in with the device driver in the kernel you're linking firmware version to the kernel version. Not too clever.
He's got to make an effort to make Linux drivers more modular and bring driver and associated firmware out of the kernel. Linus said once he wanted to kill all ARM engineers or something similar, I suppose the feeling is mutual with the huge ever-growing list of compiled-in kernel drivers that Linux has.