Maintaining a custom out-of-tree patched Debian kernel for specific hardware (an update)
Dear Debian Developers,
This is a follow-up to
Some good people in the thread above mentioned that maintaing a forked
kernel merely for two one-line patches is too much. I disagreed
initially, but then, found that in recent kernels, one of the patches
is not needed. For the other (related to rfkill), I managed to make a
custom DKMS package with the patch included here:
Luckily, this seems to work.
So, my customization of an official Debian ISO consists of:
- Grabbing a stable DVD ISO.
- Replacing the installed kernel with a more recent one from backports
(should be unnecessary for testing) and ensuring that it gets chosen
- Adding custom scripts for enabling sound and bluetooth (preseeding)
grabbed from https://github.com/sundarnagarajan/rdp-thinbook-linux
- Adding the non-free firmware that is needed for wireless and sound.
- Adding my custom patched rfkill DKMS package and ensuring that
linux-headers is also installed, so that I can use the
preseed/late_command to build the DKMS module.
My current (hack) is documented here:
I intend moving this to salsa.debian.org and improving this
With thanks to the previous responders, I wanted to know if there are
other things I should keep in mind. Let me know if I have missed any details.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we'd still like yout to test out
-- Linus Torvalds, announcing another kernel patch