[RFC] merging virtualbox-ose-modules into linux-ubuntu-modules

Ben Collins ben.collins at canonical.com
Wed Jun 4 17:08:25 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-06-04 at 08:46 -0700, Jeff Schroeder wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 8:22 AM, Ben Collins <ben.collins at canonical.com> wrote:
> ...snip...
> > Of course we care, but virtual machine vendors (both proprietary and
> > open source) have a self inflicted kernel+vmmon+virtual-machine ABI to
> > stick to, and mixing it with kernel ABI matching just doubles the
> > problems. DKMS (or something similar) is the preferred and desired way
> > to resolve this if the vm isn't going to handle it itself.
> >
> Is there going to be any work to use dkms once the 1.6 version of virtualbox
> and the associated modules are uploaded to the Intrepid repositories? This
> is a problem that isn't new and yet it happens over and over again. The point
> of this email was to address the problem and suggest possible courses of
> action.

That's up to the maintainer of that package, or anyone else willing
(you?) to do the work. The kernel team does not directly handle it.

> It just surprised me that after happening several times during Hardy
> development[1],
> the same problem popped up again in hardy stable. Even if the package
> is in universe
> this seems crazy in an LTS release.
> In short, the process is wrong and I'm trying to fix it.
> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/virtualbox-ose/+bug/179807

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