Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 20, 2007 23:34 UTC (Wed) by error27
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
Basically all the cons are boil down to "It's a lot of work" and "driver disks are hard."
At my old job, I used to create tons of driver disks. Not because the drivers were propietary but just to fix bugs and add support for newer cards. It's not so bad if you script it.
The 2.6 build system makes it easier as well.
But both RedHat and SuSE driver disk support is pretty crappy. The error messages are not useful. Debugging them is hard. It's not very well tested so out of 5 Fedora releases I supported, I think that driver disk support was completely broken in 2 (FC2 and FC5).
Also driver disk the documentation sucks.
BTW. It's interesting to look at the aacraid driver packaging. They recompile the driver for over 100 kernels (guess) and stuff it all into 1 big rpm. :P
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