FLAME____ Why is the kernel source not included

Temlakos temlakos at comcast.net
Fri Oct 15 15:47:33 UTC 2004


AFAIK, if you're using apt and have all your repos configured, you can
find kernel-source packages, and even new kernel install packages, for
every kernel that has ever run with Fedora Core 1 or 2. It's just a
matter of going beyond the distro to add some other package-management
tools.

But while I'm on the subject, I agree--the initial response to the
complaint about a lack of kernel sources was uncalled-for. The *last*
thing *anyone* in this community should *ever* say to anyone else is "go
back to Windows if you're not adventurous enough," etc., etc. And even
if I didn't have a serious concern with the spread of Windows, with all
its security and other issues--if we as members of a community can't be
polite to one another, then the community will die. Period. The kind of
flat-out rudeness I saw might be appropriate in a military training
camp, but not in a community of information handlers trying to persuade
others to use a system we're all supposed to believe in.

Temlakos

On Fri, 2004-10-15 at 11:24, Ken Johanson wrote:
> Thanks Jakub, its good to hear a Redhat employee offering help. You also 
> avoided being inflammatory, showing tremendous constraint -- I admire that.
> 
> I truly appreciate the module build advise - it benefits all of us. 
> Thank you.
> 
> In regard to original my complaint (ignoring its cause; module 
> compilation and default header paths), can you explain Redhat's 
> reasoning for not including the kernel source *in* the distro? -- just 
> for the sake of argument for someone wanting to do the usual.. slim down 
> the kernel, or say, build special scsi drivers into the image. etc.
> 
> Yet you did also mention that kernel rpm *is* available; is that 
> included on the main install disks - or would a user have to have 
> network access, search for it, and check versions (which supposedly dont 
> always jive from what another post mentioned about 2.6.9 inclusions)? Is 
> the kernel-rpm placed somewhere on the add-remove app that I just didnt 
> see (I checked under "development tools")?
> 
> Thanks for responding,
> -Ken





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