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Integration Dynamic Kernel Module Support

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Integrate DKMS in openSuSE repositories

Especially for more unexperienced users, it is a hassle to compile kernel modules again and again if a kernel update is executed automatically. For such users it would be much easier if kernel modules e.g. needed for virtual machines like VirtualBox would be recompiled and reconfigured automatically like in other distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora,... with DKMS. I think DKMS is one great feature that openSuSE misses and has to include.

Example why DKMS is so important:

Different rather unexperienced users that I convinced using Linux like the GUI etc. and miss the abilities to work with simple commands on the terminal. So if they cannot get help from another person, they would not be able to use their preconfigured virtual machine anymore because of an mandatory kernel update that is made automatically.

Please add Dynamic Kernel Module Support to SuSE soon!

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icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

What does it have that KMP does not?

icons/user_comment.png I. D. wrote: (7 years ago)

I hate kmp packages breaking with every kernel update. Wouldn't dkms simplify this?

icons/user_comment.png R. M. wrote: (8 years ago)

Seems to be a duplicate of 

icons/user_comment.png P. D. wrote: (7 years ago)

As a user of Mandriva Linux, I clearly vote for this one, for the sake of simplicity.

icons/user_comment.png v. l. wrote: (7 years ago)

I have already created a package in my OBS repo :

home:vlj dkms

the advantage of dkms over KMP is that user can easily build (and use) drivers that cannot be distributed as KMP for licensing reasons : dkms build locally package as long as the user provide module source code. It is automatically rebuilt at kernel upgrade as KMP.

Such kernel module that can't be provided by opensuse team as KMP :

- nvidia
- emgd
- broadcom
- perhaps fglrx ?
- Qualcomm chipset
- ... 

icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (7 years ago)

What about submitting this to openSUSE:Factory?

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

Commercially supported by Dell since 2003, implemented in Ubuntu since 8.04, Fedora since 12, mandriva, etc.  When oh when will we get this simpler external kernel module goodness?

icons/user_comment.png T. C. wrote: (5 months ago)

Dkms is in Tumbleweed.

Last change: 5 months ago
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