> I have Fedora at work, and every week a kernel update requires me to recompile my > video drivers to get acceleration back. That's not very user-friendly. How have Linux > developers managed to go so long without realising that users would actually benefit > from a stable kernel ABI?
Are you using the closed source drivers? If that's the case, its likely an issue with how Fedora handles them.
The DRM API/ABI is supposed to be strongly backward compatible. Linus rudely pushes back all patches that violate this assumption. ;-)
So at least when using the open source stack (that is, open source X driver and open source mesa driver) everything should work fine across updates, modulo bugs. I have been using Debian like that for the past few years, and never had to recompile the kernel to keep X or GL working.