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Re: [opensuse-project] After the Richard talk... what's new for openSUSE
On 05/05/2015 09:34 AM, Michal Kubecek wrote:
On Monday 04 of May 2015 20:56:17 oldcpu wrote:
This 'not too old' kernel has a significant advantage from a support
point of view, which means new hardware support
No, it does not. "Support point of view" is something completely
different: how well are we able to support the kernel packages. And this
would be actually one of the reasons why consider SLE (or SLE based)
kernel even if it may be seen "too old" by some.

Michal Kubeček

Thank you for considering this aspect wrt the kernel.

I suspect we have different interpretations wrt the word 'support', and I should have been more clear.

When an install fails, or when an installed openSUSE has difficulty with issues relating to drivers, on the openSUSE forums we often are asked to help and provide the user 'support' to resolve their problem. Clearly this is often different from the SLE/openSUSE developer/packager provision of "support".

Further, I note that there are few regular users (and even less beginner users) who can patch and custom compile their kernel to incorporate a feature (with newer hardware support) from a new upstream kernel. Fortunately, the openSUSE packagers are currently very at finding a good balance wrt the kernel version selection in each openSUSE version (reducing the average user requirement for openSUSE kernels with newer hardware support).

If by openSUSE distribution adopting an older SLE kernel version also means inclusion of upstream patches (to address new hardware which are nominally only in a newer kernel) as part of the current nominal everyday SLE kernel implementation and support approach, then my query is addressed. Or if Kernel:Stable provides the same , with provision that the community can help new users install such, and keep such running (wrt propriatary drivers, virtualization, etc ... ) then that also addresses my query.

I suspect many of us who monitor the openSUSE mailing list are not familiar with the details of SLE wrt kernel maintenance and support, and either a short explanation, or a simple pointer to where we could learn about such, so to provide better understanding and hence better contribution, may also be useful.

Kindest regards,

Lee

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