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Re: [opensuse] latest kernel update breaks ATI binary driver
  • From: Anders Johansson <ajh@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 23:18:23 +0200
  • Message-id: <201009232318.23424.ajh@xxxxxxxx>
On Thursday 23 September 2010, Vadym Krevs wrote:
Hi all,

just a heads up. If you use the ATI binary driver, and install the
latest kernel update (, then you will no longer be able to
recompile the ATI driver due to missing compat_alloc_user_space() symbol
in fglrx/kcl_ioctl.c.

According to,
the "compat_alloc_user_space()" symbol became GPL-only, got moved to
another header, etc.

Personally, I find it unbelievable that openSUSE kernel team would
release a minor kernel upgrade that would screw up all users of the ATI
binary driver.

I don't think there was much of a choice, since upstream decided to license
the new function "GPl only". Distributions can change things in open source
code, but as far as I know only BSD style licenses allow relicensing.

FYI there is a patch for the ATI driver

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