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Re: x86 GENERIC kernels unlobotomized
On Dec 29, 12:06pm, David Holland wrote:
} On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 10:26:44AM -0700, Paul Goyette wrote:
} > If there are problems with modular kernels, they should be fixed.
} > Reverting the modularized config simply (IMHO) sweeps the problems
} > "under the rug" and avoids/defers the fix.
} Most of the issues have been pending for months or years. Adding a
} MODULAR config (which should certainly be done) allows dealing with
} these without forcing the issues on hapless end users.
Adding an optional config that will not be regularly used doesn't
help. As an example, I for one, don't have any significant problems
with modular kernels (we do need a way to load boot time modules at
different stages during the boot). The only way to know what problems
the "hapless end users" will have is to let them experience it and
report their experiences.
The biggest issues seem to be people failing to install new
modules when the kernel version changes and/or people failing to bump
the kernel version when necessary. The first is a
documentation/training issue (i.e. people need to get used to the new
way of doing things). It also only affects people that do manual
updates instead of using sysinst, since sysinst will install modules by
default. There are no real solutions to the second other then pouncing
on the developer in question when necessary.
}-- End of excerpt from David Holland
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