[CentOS-devel] Balancing the needs around the RHEL platform

Mon Dec 28 00:31:20 UTC 2020
Ljubomir Ljubojevic <centos at plnet.rs>

On 12/27/20 5:00 PM, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> I can see two major ways of enabling 3rd-party drivers:
>  - using elrepo's excellent work on kmods to build a CI for CentOS
>    Stream kernel updates and perhaps block updates based on CI results'
>    consensus (not necessary blocked until it 100% green)
>  - for proprietary drivers make sure there are clear ways to enable
>    those partners to plug into the same process as an external CI.
> Both can be achieved by forming a SIG, contributing some resources, and
> having a shared set of common CI tools. CKI already gives a platform to
> base on, for kernel-specific components. Fedora Project already gives a
> way to organize CIs around similar topics for other components, so
> reusing the tooling is definitely possible.

Phil Perry from ElRepo project wrote extensively both on [CentOS] and
[CentOS-devel] lists why that aproach is not viable. Until you read what
he wrote, core is that that process can not be really automated like
that, and that compiling drivers for each kernel defeats the purpose of
kmod drivers. Also, kmod drivers are built against RHEL kernels, not

Ljubomir Ljubojevic
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PL Computers
Serbia, Europe

StarOS, Mikrotik and CentOS/RHEL/Linux consultant