Fedora - DELL ?

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Thu Mar 15 12:09:33 UTC 2007


> That's not what is happening, it's exactly the opposite.  I've listed
> the kernel message several times so maybe you can figure it out for
> yourself.

The taint message is there so the kernel developers know which bug
reports they can ignore because only the binary module vendor has all the
source code needed to fix them. It also taints in different ways if you
force various things, if a memory error is detected and the like to help
classify bugs.

If we wanted to enforce arbitary control over what you stick in the kernel
we'd have implemented digitally signed modules and code that keeps going
back over the kernel making sure it hasn't been adjusted and each block
still checksums the same - like say Vista does.

Alan




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