Re: Firmware - Driver relation
Firmware updates rarely add new features. There could be no driver changes but a bug fix in the firmware which fixes a bug which leads to data loss under some conditions.
1) I hope everyone's up to date with their kernel. Cutting edge, all the time.
2) It makes the data loss bug look like it's the kernel's fault, when it's nothing to do with the kernel.
3) Things like this can happen.
If the driver really doesn't like the firmware version, it always has the option of not mounting the device and letting you know with an error so that you can run the firmware update software.