Granted you have a point, but I'm sure if SATA was ready it would and should be in the main kernel, period, I do think it's ready as the modules I have are great if only I could boot from the devices they are intended to run!. Also I don't think that it is entirely down to Vendors, arguably it's probably 99% vendors, such is why Fedora have *still* not included Firewire, yes I could take it up with them, but hey all I get in response is "it's free, there is no charge for the software, it's unfortunate but tough!"
Oh and that remaining 1%, well Linus could force it upon the vendors by 'putting' it in the main kernel! That's the point I really wanted to make.
regards zara... *who also happens to be in a better mood*