Posted Oct 12, 2006 23:28 UTC (Thu) by i3839
In reply to: Quote of the week
Parent article: Quote of the week
- Someone is going to backport the new driver to the kernel version you're using. Not only that, but also to all other old versions that people might still be using, or else not everyone is happy. This is a lot of work, not to mention that all those backports aren't as well tested as the new one with the new kernel, so the chance of working is much smaller. It will also get much less testing, so less bugs will be found. All that time and effort is better spend in making sure the new kernel is better than the old one.
- Have a stable binary API for modules. See stable_api_nonsense.txt in your kernel source, or at kernel git http://tinyurl.com/y724vj.
Any better ideas?
I don't see the problem, really. You prefer to hunt for individual drivers instead of having everything work automatically? If you don't want to download all those Mbs to get a few driver, then your distro should package the drivers seperate from the kernel, and automatically download missing drivers when needed (not too hard to do with udev and friends nowaday, as long as the network is running).
And how often does it happen that you get new hardware that isn't supported by your old kernel anyway? Few times a year?
A lot of people are working quite hard to improve the kernel everyday, why would they do that if the new kernel wouldn't be better than the old one, you think? Sure, something might have broken, but no one will know as long as the kernel isn't used and the chance of existing drivers breaking is smaller than the chance that a backported driver breaks. You lose some, you win some, but overall there should be improvement.
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