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>This is pretty important to Fedora atleast since we don't have additional kernel module
Sweet, that gives distros with kmods an edge :-)
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Posted Apr 8, 2008 12:57 UTC (Tue) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Technically, the patches can be just be in a single kernel package instead of kmod's but the
whole point of that exercise it to support upstream better. While distros can ignore the
upstream aspect of it, that is generally a short term win. Getting these drivers upstream
benefits everybody. Distros shouldn't try to get an edge on such matters IMO.
Posted Apr 8, 2008 13:19 UTC (Tue) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
Posted Apr 8, 2008 13:21 UTC (Tue) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
Oh right, here's a good example the ivtv package from SUSE. Has no .src.rpm, so I guess
there is even more surrounding legalese than with the NVIDIA license if there is not even a
.src.rpm. Now, how would you get ivtv into the single kernel package...
Posted Apr 8, 2008 15:41 UTC (Tue) by Thalience (subscriber, #4217)
FYI, the ivtv kernel driver was merged in 2.6.22. Not sure what might be in the SUSE ivtv
package. Perhaps the firmware (would explain the lack of a .src.rpm)?
Posted Apr 9, 2008 1:28 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Yes. I would think it was firmware.
I have one of those cards and they do require separate firmware, but the driver is now
Posted Apr 8, 2008 16:39 UTC (Tue) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Read the link before jumping to conclusions. Kmod's are only going away in the official
repository which was only including free and open source code anyway and hence for proprietary
drivers the Fedora change makes no difference. Third party repositories like Livna continue to
provide such drivers as kmod or dkms packages and there is no need for shell script
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