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Re: backports kernel: support for t430s laptop in backports?

Harald Dunkel <harald.dunkel@aixigo.de> writes:

> I could live with Squeeze for several years, but I am running out of
> supported hardware. Unfortunately I cannot upgrade just the hardware
> dependent packages (kernel, Xwindow drivers, firmware, etc.) within
> Squeeze and keep the rest. Somehow the new glibc sneaks in, and I have
> to upgrade _all_ packages to Wheezy. Thats a huge amount of work and a
> very high risk.  Enterprises try to avoid both.

Needing to upgrade all other packages because glibc was upgraded has not
been a problem in Debian for years, ever since the new symbols mechanism
was introduced.  Only binaries that actually require new glibc features
will require an upgrade.

> The really sad part is that Nvidias proprietary driver is very easy to
> install on Squeeze, even if you use the most recent hardware. Meaning no
> offense, but how comes that the open Intel driver is an issue here?

Because NVIDIA hires full-time employees to spend lots of time testing the
driver on a variety of different configurations and writing a complex
installer.  I suspect they spend more resources on that than they spend on
fixing bugs in the driver.  :)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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