Kernel 2054 breaks nvidia.ko loading
gilboad at gmail.com
Thu Mar 16 12:24:48 UTC 2006
On Thu, 2006-03-16 at 06:08 -0600, Justin Conover wrote:
> On 3/16/06, Gilboa Davara <gilboad at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/16/06, Justin Conover <justin.conover at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 3/15/06, Gilboa Davara <gilboad at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 3/16/06, Dave Jones <davej at redhat.com> wrote:
> > > An oversight on my part.
> > > print_tainted is used in the spinlock macros, so
> > > the macro is made GPL-only too. I've reverted that
> > > in cvs, but it's too late for the final FC5 image, which
> > > already being pushed out to mirrors.
> > >
> > > It'll be fixed in the very first update kernel for FC5,
> > > will likely be within the first few days of release.
> > >
> > > Dave
> > >
> > > --
> > Ohhhh! Gasp!!!!
> > Not again?!?!?
> > Dave,
> > This is beyond *bad*.
> > This effectively kills each and every non-GPL kernel module
> out there.
> > Instead of having a fun release-day, we'll be playing
> catch-up with
> > numerous "Fedora-5-ate-my-baby" threads.
> > There's got to be a way to fix it. Either by stopping the
> > ISO-mastering or changing the release-notes to acknowledge
> the problem
> > and pushing a new kernel ASAP.
> > Gilboa
> > Sounds to me like everything is fine, there will be an
> updated kernel after
> > the release.
> White you are right in theory, things don't work that way in
> real life.
> It'll be something like this:
> A. User downloads FC5.
> B. User unaware of the problem.
> C. User install Fedora.
> D. User, not being forced to install updates, (and being
> unaware of
> the problem) doesn't install the fixed kernel.
> E. User tries to install nVidia/ATI/etc driver.
> F. Fedora user hits the Forums/ML/etc claiming Fedora ate his
> I understand that it's too late to stop the ISO
> FC must do it's best to air out the problem before 10,000
> people hit
> the forum with the same complaint.
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> There has also been versions of RH/FC that were released with new
> kernel features that also broke the closed source drivers from
> nvdia/ati and the communtiy had to wait for nvidia/ati to fix there
> stuff. Which btw wouldn't have happened if they were open (in this
> case GPL ;0) so the community could improve the drivers.
In nVidia/ATI's defense, unlike previous FC/non-GPL problems (udev, 4K
stacks, etc) the problem is not with the closed source drivers failing
to follow the latest kernel trunk.
Beside releasing their code under GPL (Which is a good thing(tm))
there's nothing nVidia nor ATI can do to fix this problem.
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