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Re: I need to know how to create and use Driver Update Disks

On Tuesday 02 August 2005 17:35, Allyn, MarkX A wrote:
> We have some patches that have already be open sourced (ICH7) and are
> in the 2.6.11 and above kernels.
> What we need to do is to provide a Driver Update Disk so that someone
> who is using the 2.6.8 kernel supplied by the stable release (Sarge) can
> do an install on a ICH7 based system.

I think the best thing to do is to contact the Debian kernel team at 
debian-kernel@lists.debian.org and discuss the options for the stable 
kernels with them.

The Debian package system does not really like packages (your driver 
update) replacing files that belong to another package (the official 
Debian kernel-image package). This means the best option would be to get 
the patches included in an update of the 2.6.8 kernel (which is being 
prepared at the moment).

The other team that should be involved is the Debian Installer team (at 
debian-boot@lists.debian.org). Getting out a separate driver update does 
not mean it will automatically be usable by the installation system; 
again getting the patches into the offical Debian kernels would be best.
The installer team is currently working on a new version of the 
installation system using the 2.6.12 kernel, but it is not yet sure if 
users will be able to use that to install Sarge.

It very much depends on the nature of the patches if they will be accepted 
for Sarge.

Your interest is very much appreciated though.

Frans Pop

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