[ubuntu-x] Proprietary driver ABI handling

Alberto Milone alberto.milone at canonical.com
Mon Jan 31 22:11:33 UTC 2011

On 31/01/11 03:20, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 09:40:58AM +1100, Christopher James Halse Rogers wrote:
>> It has the disadvantage that we need to maintain a list of supported
>> ABIs, and we need to produce the dependency field outside of the xsfbs
>> helper system, so they could get out of sync.  I don't think these are
>> big disadvantages, as the supported ABI list changes approximately once
>> per cycle, and the xsfbs system changes even less often (and we'd need
>> to deliberately update when it does anyway).
> (The kernel also tends to break the proprietary drivers.  Would be nice
> to have a solution for that as well.)
> I think it's an idea worth trying, but might be wisest to leave 'til
> after alpha-2 as I think it'll need a bit more testing than we have time
> to coordinate at the moment.

Are you referring to kernel ABI changes (which, thanks to DKMS, should
no longer be a problem) or to compatibility with new kernel releases?


Alberto Milone
Sustaining Engineer (system)
Premium Engagements Team
Canonical OEM Services

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