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O'Reilly Linux DevCenter: Pragmatic Questions about Binary-Only Drivers

Dec 28, 2006, 19:30 (5 Talkback[s])

"A well-known aphorism is that Unix’s method of portability and backwards compatibility is source code distribution. With well-written source code, a simple recompilation fixes most binary-incompatible changes. With a binary driver, when you can’t recompile against a new library, you may be unable to upgrade other parts of your system.

"This can be a problem when you need an updated kernel to use another feature of your system — or another driver. This can even be hazardous, when the update involves a security fix."

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