Kernel Modules in Fedora -x

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Aug 7 23:24:02 UTC 2007

Alan Cox wrote:

>> I'm not suggesting that fedora modifies the ABI arbitrarily just to 
>> encourage users to switch to RHEL, but if there is there is no 
>> expectation that 3rd party drivers that work at the beginning of a 
>> version will work after the first update, I think that should be stated 
>> more clearly.
> Its the default Linux assumption always has been. RHEL is kind of special
> in that it bothers (at great pain and hard work) to preserve bits of kABI

Your assumptions probably are not the same as a typical new fedora user 
who might not have any assumptions at all - and I think this distinction 
should be made clear on the fedora project pages.

> If your 3rd party driver had its dependancies correct your kernel update would
> have been caught by rpm as violating a requires. Ask your packager

Is that a recent addition?

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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