Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 20, 2007 19:58 UTC (Wed) by edschofield
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
This is an interesting article about an important topic. If enterprise distributors are breaking interfaces for external drivers despite their backporting efforts, Greg's third option seems an entirely sensible proposal. The solution to the problem of regressions in newer kernels is obvious: with all the time distributors' kernel teams save in not backporting features and drivers, they can do more testing and fixing of bugs in current kernels. An effective solution to the problem of proprietary drivers is to warn customers away from such hardware in favour of "certified" open hardware, by explicitly exempting uncertified and closed hardware from guarantees of stability between service-pack updates. As side-effects, the quality of mainline kernels improves for everybody and the costs of closed hardware are transferred to the vendors responsible in the form of lost sales.
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