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

Mon Dec 28 08:02:37 UTC 2020
Alexander Bokovoy <abokovoy at redhat.com>

On su, 27 joulu 2020, Gordon Messmer wrote:
>On 12/27/20 4:31 PM, Ljubomir Ljubojevic wrote:
>>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)
>>Phil Perry from ElRepo project wrote extensively both on [CentOS] and
>>[CentOS-devel] lists why that aproach is not viable.
>I might be misreading one party or another, but I believe that what is 
>being proposed is better integration of ELRepo's kmod packages and 
>CentOS Stream, so that kernel updates aren't published until the 
>modules build.  And if it is, then I'm not sure why that approach 
>would not be viable.
>Neal Gompa wrote: "The correct fix here is to start blocking RHEL 
>kernel updates
>against third-party Free Software kernel module packages to ensure
>compatibility isn't broken and the kernel ABI stops breaking on every
>kernel version series. The reason it keeps breaking is because there's
>no current mechanism in which these are tested together to validate
>them for release."
>That seems like an ideal solution.

You are getting it right, Gordon, thank you for connecting the threads.

/ Alexander Bokovoy
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
Security / Identity Management Engineering
Red Hat Limited, Finland