RHEL Updates - Respins with updated packages including new and updated drivers
Posted Sep 6, 2007 15:40 UTC (Thu) by dowdle
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
I don't get this. Red Hat provides periodic Update releases every 3-4 months (aka respins). I've read in release notes for the updates countless times how various bugs were fixed, drivers were updated to newer versions, and additional drivers were added... sometimes backported when needed.
Without seeing a case study and what happened... I don't really have any proof that there is a problem.
I'm sure Red Hat doesn't backport every driver added to newer kernels... but if it is something their customers want, they do... or at least that is my understanding.
With regards to Red Hat customers using closed / binary only drivers... everything I've read shows that Red Hat would prefer not to support those at all... as they highly encourage using open source only software.
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