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Revision as of 15:20, 22 June 2017

The Backports Project enables old kernels to run the latest drivers.

"Backporting" is the process of making new software run on something old. A version of something new that's been modified to run on something old may be called a "backport".

The Backports Project develops tools to automate the backporting process. These tools form the backports suite.

About backports

Backports provide drivers released on newer kernels backported for usage on older kernels. Always use the latest stable release! The project started since 2007 and was originally known as compat-wireless, evolved to compat-drivers and was recently renamed simply to backports. Both daily snapshots based on linux-next, and stable releases based Linux's stable releases are provided. As of the v3.10 based release over 830 device drivers are backported.

Current versions of backports support all mainline kernels starting with version 3.0, for kernel versions older than 3.0 please use backports-3.14, which supports all kernel versions back to 2.6.26.




Most important of all, IRC. Join us: #kernel-backports

Do not ask for permission to ask a question in IRC, just ask it with all the information you have and wait for someone answering.

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