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SLC6 - addon drivers

Additional / Replacement drivers for SLC6

For some hardware in use in CERN Computer Center and/or individual desktops updated (replacement) add-on drivers may be required. On SLC6 we do not provide these drivers ourselves anymore, instead we rely on drivers provided by El Repo repository.

To install such drivers please proceed following way:

As root on you system execute:

# yum --enablerepo=elrepo install kmod-SOMEDRIVER

To see all available drivers execute:

# yum --enablerepo=elrepo search kmod

To see more information about particular driver found with the above command, execute:

# yum --enablerepo=elrepo info kmod-SOMEDRIVER

All El Repo drivers are build according to Red Hat Driver Update Program which introduces a way of packaging additional kernel drivers in a manner which eases the system upgrade process and reduces maintenance costs.
Traditionally .. on SLC3/4/5 add-on kernel modules were packaged as kernel-module-NAME-KERNELVERSION and with every kernel upgrade an updated kernel-modules package release was needed.
This is no longer necessary for add-on modules packaged according to the guidelines of Red Hat Driver Update Program: modules packaged as kmod-NAME should maintain compatibility accross the whole lifecycle of SLC6 support.