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SubjectRe: Stop the Linux kernel madness
> I am writing this message to bring a huge problem to light. SuSE has been systematically
> forking the linux kernel and shipping all kinds of modifications and still call their
> kernels 2.6.5 (for example).
>
> Either they ship the stock Linux kernel sources or they stop calling their distributions
> as Linux-2.6.x based.

Umm. They said they're linux-2.6.x based ... ie they're BASED on 2.6,
not identical. No major vendor ships completely virgin source.

> Kernel headers are being changed willy-nilly and SuSE are completely running rough-shod
> over the linux kernel with the result ONLY software from SuSE works.

I think you're getting somewhat carried away. Yes, there are lots of mods.
Most of them are merged back into mainline already (as of 2.6.7).

> This is absolutely not our problem and we don't know who to contact at SuSE to fix
> this problem. Our software works perfectly with Fedora/Debian/Gentoo/Mandrake/Redhat/etc.

So what's broken then? Specifically which kernel interface are you
calling that has a broken behaviour?

> I think SuSE's lying when they call their Linux kernel a 2.6.5 kernel
> when there are massive differences.

They didn't say it was 2.6.5, they said it was based on it.

> They aren't even compatible with Linux 2.6.6.

In what way?

> I urge all those who have the power to sway distributions to
> immediately fix their kernels so that small developers like us don't
> have to keep updating our software.

I'd be more inclined to suspect you're relying on some behaviour that isn't
really defined ...

And no, I don't work for SuSE.

M.

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