Versioned APIs in the kernel?
Posted Sep 6, 2007 8:14 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Versioned APIs in the kernel?
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
It actually makes their life easier, as they only have to test against one tree, not every enterprise kernel.
Only the guys who produce binary drivers benefit: RedHat guys will still need to backport features, mainstream developers will be forced to keep "compatibility layer" unbroken, etc.
P.S. Do you really think RedHat keeps kernels bug-for-bug compatible in the life of enterprise distribution ? Then you are mistaken: it's not uncommon to require new version of binary drivers after kernel upgrade for RHEL. They only keep old version and backport features because all other components are handled in this way too...
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