Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 475373
[LTC 5.4 FEAT] Include a new driver - lin_tape - for supporting the IBM Tape Library. 
Last modified: 2010-03-30 14:29:42 EDT
Emily J. Ratliff <email@example.com> -
1. Feature Overview:
Feature Id: 
a. Name of Feature: Include a new driver - lin_tape - for supporting the IBM Tape Library.
b. Feature Description
lin_tape is a newly open sourced driver for supporting IBM's tape libraries. This driver is planned
to be submitted to kernel.org for inclusion in 3Q/08.
2. Feature Details:
Arch Specificity: Purely Common Code
Affects Kernel Modules: Yes
Delivery Mechanism: Device Driver
Category: Device Drivers and IO
Request Type: Driver - New - Open Source
d. Upstream Acceptance: In Progress
Sponsor Priority 1
f. Severity: High
IBM Confidential: no
Code Contribution: IBM code
g. Component Version Target: 2.6 29
3. Business Case
IBM tape libraries used to be supported via proprietary binaries online. This is to convert the
support from proprietary to the open source distributor release model for better customer support.
4. Primary contact at Red Hat:
5. Primary contacts at Partner:
Project Management Contact:
Stephanie Glass, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-838-9284
Daisy Chang, email@example.com
Malahal Naineni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendel Voigt, email@example.com
It is now Q4/2008, has this driver been submitted upstream?
Again, has this driver been submitted upstream? If so, please provide upstream status and a link to the commit. Also, does this driver require installer support and if so, has an Anaconda feature request been opened?
(In reply to comment #5)
> Again, has this driver been submitted upstream? If so, please provide upstream
> status and a link to the commit. Also, does this driver require installer
> support and if so, has an Anaconda feature request been opened?
No, it has not been submitted yet. Brett is writing the driver (actually modifying it to fit mainline) and it will at least take 3 more months to submit anything to the upstream.
I don't think it requires installer support, but I will check with Brett to make sure that it is the case!
Please be aware that the upstream acceptance deadline for 5.4 is January 26, 2009. I would say this feature is definitely at risk for not making 5.4.
IBM is signed up to test and provide feedback.
This feature is going to come too late for RHEL 5.4. Please defer this to RHEL 5.5.
removing from 5.4 tracker, placing on 5.5
Closing as DEFERRED based on comment 6
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 512194 ***