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Posted Sep 30, 2004 8:39 UTC (Thu) by dvrabel (subscriber, #9500)
In reply to: Mistake by elanthis
Parent article: Driver core functions: GPL only

Isn't this argument several years old (and out-of-date) now?

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Posted Sep 30, 2004 12:48 UTC (Thu) by Frej (subscriber, #4165) [Link]

No, you can not expect upgrading a kernel will work.
Upgrading kernel for newer hardware support, might break other interfaces.

Especially with the new even more horrible release process (From a user's perspective, non existing).


Posted Sep 30, 2004 18:34 UTC (Thu) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

Idealistically, I agree with you: upgrading a kernel these days is scary. It's easy to blame the new release scheme.

Practically, though, it's always been like this. In the 2.2 series, I had deep fear of upgrading a kernel up until around 2.2.8, and in 2.4 all the way up to 2.4.16 or 2.4.18 somewhere. Just think of it as part of Linux's charm.


Posted Oct 5, 2004 8:36 UTC (Tue) by mbp (guest, #2737) [Link]

So use a kernel that's qualified and tested to work with your hardware.

If you install a random kernel on random hardware you have to be prepared for it to break.

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