I don’t have any PCI-e machines at home so I take a box home from work. I had been given permission to do Open Indina stuff at home. I want to leave everything intact so I stick in a Cuda card and a harddrive. Install Linux, driver and SDK. Oh, it won’t support the kernel in Fedora 15, ok drop back to fedora core 13. build samples, borrow Cuda book from library where wife did PhD and everything is okay. Then work demands the box back, I put everything back to how it was and return it.
Okay go buy a machine with PCI-e slots open it up and its all 1 x PCI-e and one 16 x PCI-e. Great, stick in my Cuda card and install FC-13. oh great, doesn’t recognise the inbuilt NIC. Drop the FC-15 Live CD in there and the NIC is automatically configured out of the box. Its all 1 x PCI-e so I can’t put a an old Linux supported PCI NIC in it. I can’t use the CUDA card and the NIC at the same time. There is nothing wrong with the hardware, it works with FC-15, so I can’t return it. I don’t tend to use Linux as a desktop and would likely just jam it under and old Tezro and ssh into it.
So if the CUDA kernel driver supported later kernels as well as the one in FC-13 that would be really really really useful for me.