Kernel sloppiness.

Dave Jones davej at redhat.com
Thu Mar 11 13:49:43 UTC 2004


On Thu, 2004-03-11 at 00:23, Gavin Graham wrote:
> I have tried every rawhide kernel since the release of Fedora Core 2
> test1 one and I have the following two problems with every one of them
> after 2.6.3-1.116
> 
> 1) NVidia drivers build but fail to work. I end up with just a black
> screen. It looks like it has something to do with AGP failing.
> 2) VMware will not build its drivers even after vmware has been patched.
> It says that it cant find 'linux' 'asm' under the kernel source include
> directory.
> 
> When I downgrade to 2.6.3-1.116, both these problems go away and
> eveything will build.

If we refused to change kernel interfaces just to keep 3rd party binary
modules working, we'd never get anywhere.  This is not 'kernel
sloppiness' at all. It's a problem these external modules have not 
knowing about things like -mregparm=3, 4g address space, 4k irqstacks
etc.

	Dave





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