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Bug#324401: release-notes: Please suggest use of discover and hotplug in 2.6 kernel upgrade docs

Package: release-notes
Version: sarge
Severity: normal

Lately in the debian-user mailing list there have been a number of
problem reports from users upgrading from Woody to Sarge.  They often
have trouble converting from the linux 2.4.18-bf24 kernel to a modular
kernel such as 2.6.8-2-686 due to missing drivers in the new modular
kernel.  Recommending to them to install the discover and hotplug
packages usually solves their problems.

The pertinent release notes are here:


Please add a suggestion that users install the discover and hotplug
packages.  I believe this would help users significantly.  Here is
some suggested prose:

  Users upgrading from a non-modular bootstrapping linux kernel such
  as the Woody installer boot-floppies 2.4.18-bf24 kernel may need to
  specify driver modules to be loaded for their hardware when
  upgrading to the newer moduler 2.6 series kernel.  The 'discover'
  and 'hotplug' packages are useful to detect hardware and to
  automatically load the required modules.  It is recommended to
  install those packages prior to upgrading to a linux 2.6 kernel.
  The 'udev' package is also useful in conjunction with the linux 2.6
  kernel the /dev directory.  But see the warnings below in the
  section "Switching to 2.6 may activate udev" for more detail.


Bob Proulx <bob@proulx.com>

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