> She can't very well patch her vendor kernel, because I sincerely doubt
> the patch will apply cleanly, if this driver is such that it needs a
> patch as opposed to just a module.
If it needs a patch, it's messing with kernel internals and she certainly shouldn't
be trying it without an awareness of the potential interactions, or a "recommended
version" from the patch vendor. So if she needs a really stable configuration,
she needs to punt the problem to departmental support.
If it doesn't need a patch, the sensible and proper solution is to autoconfize the
external module source tree, which can adapt itself to different kernels correctly.
autoconfigure of kernel will definitely be useful to e.g. the users we see in
#kernelnewbies, but it is /not/ the right solution for Tilly, Penelope, Dick Dastardly
or any other of the Wacky Races crew Eric is talking about.
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