Вкратце: предоставлены восемь патчей, основанные на наработках Chrome OS, позволяющие ядру асинхронно выполнять probe() и грузить нужные драйвера, что должно повысить скорость загрузки.
This series is a combination of changes proposed by Luis a couple months ago and implementation used by Chrome OS. The issue we are trying to solve here is «slow» devices and drivers spending «too much time» in their probe() methods and it affects: - overall kernel boot process when drivers are compiled into the kernel and slow devices stall entire boot progress; - systemd desire to time out module loading process. Unlike Luis' proposal we do make use of asycn_schedule() infrastructure instead of using a dedicated workqueue, so all existing synchronization points in kernel that wait for device registration still work the same. Also, the asynchronous probing is done not only during driver registration (i.e. when devices are probed asynchronously only if they are registered before the driver), but also during device registration and deferred probe handling. This way slow devices do not stall kernel boot even when drivers are compiled into the kernel. The last patch is for adventurous people to try and force fully-asynchronous boot. It works for me with limited success - I can boot Rockhip-based box to userspace as long as I force serial to be sychronously probed and ignore the fact that most devices are using «dummy» regulators as regulator subsystem really expects regulators to be registered in orderly fashion on OF-based systems.