Posted Sep 11, 2007 19:36 UTC (Tue) by hazelsct
In reply to: How is Intel punished?
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
The obvious solution is to work together with the enterprise distributor. For example, provide a driver which works with the latest kernel, and split the cost of a backport with the distributor(s). For Ubuntu Dapper, the kernel is 2.6.16, and a long series of 2.6.16.n releases have had various fixes and backported drivers.
This in turn would create an incentive for distributors to coordinate their enterprise kernel releases, in order to reduce everybody's backporting costs. This idea isn't new, Ubuntu developers have been requesting it for some time...
Of course, massive API changes such as mac82011 wreak havoc with such a process, but they don't happen with every single kernel release.
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