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Old 12-10-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
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Unhappy Kernel compatibility

I am new to linux , I want to know one thing that whether the users programs have any dependency on the kernel versions?

I have some version of xine will it work on any linux kernel like 2.2
2.4 or so on. also I want to know if the programs have any dependency on various linux distros. like a program like mozilla will run on all distros and all versions of kernel?
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User space application rarely depend on specific kernel version.
You should be ok.

Mozilla/firefox is part of most linux distributions.
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The kernel is the foundation-layer... primarily concerned with hardware control.

User programs almost never communicate directly with the kernel: they use "libraries" such as glibc (or hundreds of others) which do this for them. The essential reason, of course, is so that applications are generally able to be un-concerned about the environment that they're operating in.

In the Linux world, after all, your program could find itself running on anything from a huge IBM mainframe to a cellular telephone!


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