Closed source modules will be banned from kernel?

Bruno Wolff III bruno at
Tue Jul 8 15:42:14 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 09:34:02 -0400,
  John Burton <j.c.burton at> wrote:
> Hmmm... do "Open Source" modules have the same problem?  Do these  
> "wholesale gratuitous changes" occur during minor revision changes or  
> major version changes? Major version changes in most software change the  
> API, while minor revisions do not. Are the kernel modules not consistent  
> with this?

Yes if there not in the mainline kernel (e.g. zaptel). If they are mainline,
then the people changing the interface will normally (based on what I read on
LWN, not looking at actual kernel updates) change the affected code.

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