To what extent should Debian modify the kernel? (Re: Debian should not modify the kernels!)
On Sun, Sep 21, 2003 at 09:41:41PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> I've got a few points for you:
> * The vanilla kernel source is readily available:
> apt-get install kernel-source-2.4.22 kernel-patch-debian-2.4.22
> tar xjf /usr/src/kernel-source-2.4.22.tar.bz2
> cd kernel-source-2.4.22
> * The IPSEC backport can be easily reversed by unapplying
> the patches given in the README.Debian file.
> * The IPSEC backport has minimal effect on the binary images. It
> has no effect unless you load the relevant modules. The increase
> in size is tiny compared to the increases brought on by ACPI and
> compiler changes.
Let me say first that I very much appreciate having IPsec available in
2.4.x. This feature is important to me, as is the relative stability of
2.4.x kernels. However, it does require that I either maintain
modifications to the UML patch so that it applies cleanly (which is what I
currently do), or revert the entire Debian kernel patch (which otherwise
causes no problems for my patch packages).
So, I'm curious why you chose to make it a part of the Debian kernel source,
rather than a separate patch (kernel-patch-ipsec or such).
I suppose the more fundamental question is, what is your vision for the
Debian kernel source? What do you feel belongs there, and what does not?