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flypig: "There are situations in which you need to recompile the Linux kernel to install suitable drivers. That would be laughable under RISC OS where you'd just install a new module."

True. That's the downside of various monolithic architecture aspects of the Linux kernel, motivated in part by the "ideological freedom" of being able to recompile one's kernel - something I've only done once or twice, and something I generally avoid. That said, much of the time, provided that the necessary support is already there in the kernel, it's a question of compiling a new module and loading it; if your distribution vendor is keeping up, they may even have done all that work for you.

thesnark: "I honestly don't understand why you are making such a big deal about some RISC OS applications requiring relocatable modules to handle aspects of the GUI."

Because it's a big risk for reliability. Just as most sane people should try and write user-space programs in Linux unless they want (often without justification, possibly not even getting it anyway) "top shelf" performance, it seems ridiculous that you need the equivalent of a kernel module to provide shared library facilities to RISC OS applications.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 05/08/04 1:28PM
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