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LinuxPlanet: Infernal Devices

Aug 04, 2005, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Turner)

"One of the most frequently cited difficulties transitioning to Linux (especially on the desktop) is that it can be difficult to find and integrate device drivers for new or obscure hardware. In addition, even when drivers are available, they may involve procedures that still strike terror into the hearts of newbies, such as recompiling the kernel. But is this really necessary? I rang up Linux Kernel guru Andrew Morton to discuss the state of Linux devices drivers in 2005.

"LinuxPlanet: What are the limitations on binary drivers as you move from major release to major release and then inside of the point releases?

"Andrew Morton: Well we can change kernel internal interfaces at any time. And obviously there are also issues with making sure that the kernel itself and the driver were compiled with the same version of GCC and the same kernel configuration options..."

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