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Re: [opensuse] latest kernel update breaks ATI binary driver
  • From: Vadym Krevs <vkrevs@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 22:39:08 +0100
  • Message-id: <4C9BC8FC.9090405@xxxxxxxxxx>
On 23/09/10 22:18, Anders Johansson wrote:
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

IMHO, this could have been handled differently. E.g., the updated kernel could have been released once an updated ATI driver was available.

As to a patch - well, it is easy to find and apply, if you're a software engineer like myself. What about the average Joe user ... So much for the strategy statement: "The target users of the openSUSE distribution are people who need to get work done and want something *stable* and usable for their every day needs."


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