I am presently running a very old SuSe distribution (11.3) which has a 2.6.34 kernel. I have two lirc devices (mceusb driver),

#Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1784:0001 TopSeed Technology Corp.
#Bus 004 Device 003: ID 1784:0001 TopSeed Technology Corp.

which i use to control the set-top boxes. I am at present running two separate lircd sessions to control these devices.

Maintaining such an old distro is becoming a pain and so i am considering upgrading to gentoo with a kernel 3.8.13 and lirc 0.9.0. Since some of the lirc functionality have now been moved in the kernel, I am not sure if i still need to run two lircd session. Is it possible to control two devices independently on a recent kernel (two transmitters on each device)?