Drivers and vendor support?

Sean Middleditch elanthis at
Fri Oct 10 14:08:29 UTC 2003

On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 08:49, Benjamin J. Weiss wrote:
> One of the big reasons I stuck with RedHat was that it enjoyed what I saw as
> the largest amount of vendor support for a linux distro.  nvidia had binary
> drivers, program authors often had RH specific rpms, etc.
> Will RH and FC work to migrate that to FC?  Has anybody called nvidia and
> said "well, we're splitting RH into RHEL and Fedora Core, will you put out
> drivers for both?" or something?

I'm sure NVIDIA is aware of this.

The current NVIDIA drivers also fully work on Fedora.  The drivers are
intelligent enough to recompile the kernel module from source if no
precompiled driver is available (which, given how the kernel seems
incapable of doing something silly like keeping a stable ABI across a
release series, is probably a much better idea than making us download
30 different precompiled modules anyway ;-)

> After reading here from RH employees that *RH* isn't abandonging Fedora, I
> just was wondering whether *vendors* would be doing so...

It's up to the vendors.  Ask them, not us.  ;-)

For the most part tho, anything that Red Hat has supported, hardware
wise, so has just about every other Linux distro, including the
non-mainstream ones.  I don't see how Fedora would be so radically
different.  Fedora definitely doesn't seem to be going out of its way to
sanitize third-party package/driver support,tho.

> Thanks!
> Ben
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