How is Intel punished?
Posted Sep 5, 2007 22:18 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: How is Intel punished?
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
To develop driver for new kernel and to develop binary blob for ancient kernel in some "enterprise distribution" is to spend more-or-less equal effort: if first place you need to work with community (and it requires time), in the second - you need to fight bugs/shortcomings of old kernel. The proper driver for new kernel is not easily adaptable to old kernel - so in effect Intel is punished for support of open-source development model. I see no easy choice except one: treat the whole kernel and HAL level and upgrade it over time - even in enterprise distributions. Of course it requires testing - but it's needed anyway because "old kernels" in enterprise distributions contain tons of backports...
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