[CentOS-devel] dkms or akmod?

Ross S. W. Walker rwalker at medallion.com
Wed Apr 30 14:43:32 UTC 2008

Farkas Levente wrote:
> hi,
> we've to build a few kernel modules for rhel/centos which is not 
> included in the distro (or not working yet, like RTL8101E: 
> http://wiki.centos.org/HardwareList/RealTekRTL8101).
> currently there are three ways for this:
> - the obsoleted fedora way
>    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Obsolete/KernelModules
> - dkms
> - akmod. livna development start to use akmod for all new 
> modules, but 
> there is not any kind of docs about it (or at least i can't find it).
> i'd like to hear a few pros and cons about each of these and 
> why should 
> we use the "good" one?:-)
> what's centos teams plan for the future? and why livna switch 
> from the 
> obsoleted fedora way to akmod instead of dkms?
> thank you for your help in advance.
> yours.

You should ask livna why they chose akmod.

As for third party kernel modules, I prefer dkms here, but we're
a Dell shop anyways so I suppose we are biased.

dkms works well, and it's included in epel.


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