The Novell Partner Linux Driver Process
Posted May 19, 2006 14:09 UTC (Fri) by wilck
In reply to: The Novell Partner Linux Driver Process
Parent article: The Novell Partner Linux Driver Process
RedHat is handling ABI version numbers similarly (first number after kernel version denotes major changes, additional numbers are added to denote pure bug fixes that don't affect any interfaces).
Novell/SuSE have not handled kernel version numbers that consequently in the past, AFAICT.
The new Novell process, apart from their promise to reflect ABI changes properly, also warrants that update module packages (foo-modules-<kernelver> in your example) will be available from vendors for drivers that adhere to the model, so that no manual download and no recompilation will be necessary for users after a kernel update. To my understanding, vendors participating in the process must commit themselves to provide such packages in due time after kernel updates have been released.
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