Bleah, I've not posted in forever, I'll try to do better next time...
Some things in the past:
OLS 2002 and the Kernel Summit
I went there all nervous about a proposal that Pat Mochel and I were making about driverfs and /sbin/hotplug. Basically we are wanting to move all of the existing device naming policy out into userspace. Well, our worse nightmare happened, everyone loved it and wants it right now :)
So now we're madly scrambling to get this done by 2.6. The main driverfs changes are now in the 2.5 tree and most of the core driver and now class changes are too. The PCI driver code is converted, and I've been posting patches to convert the USB core and driver code to the new model.
We might just make it yet...
The PCI Hotplug code is very broken in 2.5, and need to fix that up. Unfortunately we changed the pci_ops structure, so have a ton of patches to fix all of that up to get in before I can go back to the hotplug stuff.
2.4 is looking good, and the ACPI PCI Hotplug driver is working remarkably well (as well as ACPI can work.)
Zillion of patches sent to Linus to clean up __FUNCTION__ stuff last night. A ton more to Marcelo for 2.4 to backport the usb-serial stuff that has been in 2.5 for a while. Now that this is done, other backporting can happen, depending on what other people really want.
For some reason Linux Journal trusts me enough to write a column. This should be fun...