Mandrake 9.2 download ISOs ship without kernel source package
Posted Oct 20, 2003 13:00 UTC (Mon) by callegar
Parent article: A Feature Tour of New Distribution Releases
It might be of some interest to lwn readers to be warned that the freely downloadable ISO images of Mandrake 9.2 ship without the kernel-source package. To the best of my knowledge, it is the very first time that a major distribution does so.
Note that this is not a "source-rpm" rather the "binary-rpm" containing the kernel source that gets installed in /usr/src/linux...
Without this package you cannot compile "your own" kernel and you cannot compile third party kernel modules, such as those necessary to access some hardware (e.g. soft modems, video adapters, ecc.). Neither can you compile the kernel modules necessary to deploy some software, such as Vmware.
The package can however be found on the standard distribution mirrors (a 50MB extra download if you know where to look).
The selection of packages going into the 3 ISOs is thus very questionable: plenty of toys, games etc. and no kernel-source rpm. One may wonder if this is the sign of a major shift in the target audience of Mandrake (away from power users, favouring "plug-and-play" types who will never look at the kernel and kernel modules).
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