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    Question about the recent kernel updates

    I caught wind of recent security patches to the Kernel while browsing digg earlier today. The article it linked to can be found here:

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Newly...rs-98864.shtml

    I've already update, and am not concerned with it much. But I have a question about the very last paragraph in the article:

    Due to an unavoidable ABI change, the kernel packages have a new version number, which will force you to reinstall or recompile all third-party kernel modules you might have installed.
    I've seen first hand that I've had to recompile my Virtualbox kernel headers. But I was wondering what it means by "unavoidable ABI change". What does that mean? Will I have to worry about recompiling kernel headers again in the future. Or will the DKMS package take care of that for me (as I had originally expected it to in this instance before reading that in the article).

    Edit: Sorry... Meant to spell the word KERNEL updates in the title. If you're a mod can you change that please?
    Last edited by diablo75; November 29th, 2008 at 11:53 PM.

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    Re: Question about the recent kenel updates

    Interesting....

    As a general rule i usually reinstall all the programs on my system anytime i see a kernel update coming down. Which would be vmware, truecrypt and serial monkey drivers...

    I thought dell had some tech in ubuntu that made this unnecessary.

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    Re: Question about the recent kenel updates

    Quote Originally Posted by sefs View Post
    I thought dell had some tech in ubuntu that made this unnecessary.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic...Module_Support

    And I have it installed. But this time around it did not serve it's intended purpose.

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    Re: Question about the recent kenel updates

    Quote Originally Posted by diablo75 View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic...Module_Support

    And I have it installed. But this time around it did not serve it's intended purpose.
    Some things use it, and others don't. Look at the rdepends of dkms:

    bruce@Scooby-Dum:~$ apt-cache rdepends dkms
    dkms
    Reverse Depends:
    nvidia-177-kernel-source
    nvidia-173-kernel-source
    fglrx-kernel-source
    nvidia-96-kernel-source
    lirc-modules-source
    virtualbox-ose-source
    virtualbox-ose-guest-source
    lirc-modules-source
    kvm-source
    kqemu-source
    nvidia-96-kernel-source
    nvidia-71-kernel-source
    nvidia-177-kernel-source
    nvidia-173-kernel-source
    fglrx-kernel-source
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    Re: Question about the recent kenel updates

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce89 View Post
    Some things use it, and others don't. Look at the rdepends of dkms:
    Ahhh, so the OSE version of Virtualbox makes use of it, but not the proprietary version... is that right?

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    Re: Question about the recent kenel updates

    Quote Originally Posted by diablo75 View Post
    Ahhh, so the OSE version of Virtualbox makes use of it, but not the proprietary version... is that right?
    If I remember correctly the PUEL version also makes use of DKMS.
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