On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 01:36:16PM -0600, Kevin Monceaux wrote:

I claimed that I thought that loadable kernel modules were **added** to
Linux somewhere around the 2.x kernel version.

While this isn't definitive proof, I found that disk a6 in the Slackware 3.1
release, which shipped with Linux kernel version 2.0.0, contains a
modules.tgz file:

https://mirrors.slackware.com/slackware/slackware-3.1/slakware/a6/

which contains:

./
lib/
lib/modules/
lib/modules/2.0.0/
lib/modules/2.0.0/block/
lib/modules/2.0.0/block/floppy.o
lib/modules/2.0.0/block/rd.o
lib/modules/2.0.0/block/loop.o
lib/modules/2.0.0/block/xd.o
lib/modules/2.0.0/net/
lib/modules/2.0.0/net/ppp.o

etc.

I don't see a modules.tgz file in any of the a series disks in the Slackware
3.0 release, which shipped with Linux kernel version 1.2.13, or any of the
earlier Slackware releases. This was back when Slackware was distributed as
a pile of floppy disk images, and the a series disks were the "base system"
portion of the distribution. That would suggest that loadable kernel
modules were added to Linux at the 2.0.0 kernel version level.




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