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LinuxWorld: Kernel Space: Why Binary-Only Modules Were Not Banned

Jan 04, 2007, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"For a moment, it seemed like things could happen pretty quickly. Martin Bligh suggested that, rather than trying to nickel-and-dime binary modules to death, it would be more honest to just ban them outright. Andrew Morton spoke out in favor of the idea as long as a one-year warning was provided. Greg Kroah-Hartman hacked up a patch to insert the warning. And Linus, at the outset, restricted himself to commenting on Greg's poetry.

"The tide turned just as quickly, however. Linus spoke out against the change, and Greg withdrew it. It would appear that binary-only modules will continue to be loadable into the kernel for the foreseeable future--though other hazards may await those who distribute them..."

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