[CentOS] kernel 2.6.13

Rodrigo Barbosa rodrigob at darkover.org
Wed Mar 21 16:32:02 UTC 2007

Hash: SHA1

On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 03:50:02AM -0400, Radu-Cristian FOTESCU wrote:
> --- Rodrigo Barbosa <rodrigob at darkover.org> wrote:
> > > No. It's different.
> > 
> > http://www.redhat.com/advice/speaks_backport.html
> > 
> > In a nut shell: only bugs, not features.
> A small disagreement, with your permission: support for new hardware is
> sometimes added by RHAT to older kernels, in the first 2.5 years of a
> release.
> Take the BCM5754 (0x167A) Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Controller you
> can find in Dell Precision 390.
> BCM5757 is supported (TG3) in the kernel only since 2.6.17-rc1. However, RHAT
> has backported the support for it in the 2.6.9 kernel, and it's currently
> available in RHEL4-U4 and CentOS 4.4. 
> Actually, RHEL4-U4 Desktop/Workstation is certified for Dell Precision 390,
> as you can find by searching hardware.redhat.com for bcm5754.
> And this is not a bug fix, but a new feature.

I don't agree that is exactly a backport. More likely complying with
the certification needs, which Dell pays for anyway.

I find it important to point the difference here because, otherwise,
people might be led to expect other such backports, which won't happen
unless someone is paying for it (Dell, in this case).

Even tho, technically speaking, it can be considered a backport.

Best Regards,

- -- 
Rodrigo Barbosa
"Quid quid Latine dictum sit, altum viditur"
"Be excellent to each other ..." - Bill & Ted (Wyld Stallyns)

Version: GnuPG v1.4.5 (GNU/Linux)


More information about the CentOS mailing list