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SubjectRe: Distro kernel patches (was Re: Linux 2.2.18pre4)
On 13 Sep 2000, Ralf Gerbig wrote:

> * Chip Salzenberg writes:
> Hi Chip,
> > According to Ralf Gerbig:
> >> but SuSe and I believe RedHat etc. etc. _do_ ship patched kernels.
> > You've just made L-K's understatement of the day.
> [...]
> so I rest my case vs shrink wrap.

Yep. I installed Suse-6.4 on my laptop. Since I needed APM to work, I
recompiled the kernel source that they supplied. First, I just did
`make oldconfig` so I could duplicate the existing kernel. Well.
No such luck. There was no way in hell I could duplicate the kernel
that they supplied, with the sources that they supplied. And there
was no secret 'patch' directory either...

And I thought this was the whole idea of (GPL) [Snipped...] :

3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it,
under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of
Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable
source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections
1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

But what do I know, I haven't bought any lawyers lately ;~)

Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.2.15 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).

"Memory is like gasoline. You use it up when you are running. Of
course you get it all back when you reboot..."; Actual explanation
obtained from the Micro$oft help desk.

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