The embedded Linux nightmare - an epilogue
Posted May 2, 2007 5:17 UTC (Wed) by dlang
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however, you won't be trying to install that old version on brand new hardware, you will be installing it on the hardware that it supports.
as such you just need bugfixes, you don't need new drivers and other major improvements from the new kernel.
so you are just fine. the maintinance nightmare is when you try to backport larger chunks of things, and they drag in more stuff that they depend on.
even bugfixes aren't going to be complete, many bugs get fixed by replacing the code that is buggy (frequently without the person writing the new code recognising all the implications of the bug, sometimes without them noticing that there is a bug) with new code, useually to add new features, or as part of a cleanup effort.
bugs that are fixed like this are extremely hard to backport
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