Re: [why is kernel recompilation necessary?]
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On Fri, 28 Jul 2000, Pollywog wrote:
> On 28-Jul-2000 Kent West wrote:
> > In still other words, can you use "make menuconfig" to compile a minimal
> > kernel and then add modules later from whatever source even though you
> > didn't tell the kernel to expect these modules when you did the "make
> > menuconfig".
> I don't think that would work, because you have to tell the kernel which
> modules you want, or they won't load when you need them. If you compile
> the just modules, the kernel won't know what to do with them.
That's not the case at all. As some people have mentioned in this thread,
certain proprietary drivers are distrubuted as binary-only kernel
modules. This would obviously not be possible if the whole kernel had to
be rebuilt to use a module. The commercial version of the Open Sound
System is one example of this (or was; I haven't used it since I built a
new machine with an ALSA supported sound card).
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