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Re: Emdebian iso problem

Neil, thank for your help

On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM, Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> wrote:
On Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:03:30 +0000
Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> wrote:

> The issue can be worked around, as described in the bug report, but you
> will likely find that there isn't a suitable kernel for your device
> available to the installer for Squeeze.

The reason for that, btw, is that vanilla Debian kernel packages have
to be VERY LARGE - the typical Squeeze kernel installs to 100Mb whereas
the typical customised kernel build will be 2.3Mb installed with 6-12Mb
of modules.

It completely defeats the point of installing an Emdebian Grip base
system if the kernel package consumes *more* space than is saved by
switching to Emdebian Grip in the first place.

Also, Emdebian needs to support systems which put the kernel into a
separate partition, systems which use a "rescue environment" kernel,
systems which don't use initramfs and boards which don't have
bootloader packages.

Debian kernels have to cope with everything, Emdebian installs are
much, much more specialised for a specific board.

Just because we've made some ISO's available as an experiment, it does
not mean that the ISO's are 'useful' for average installations or for
more than as a test environment. I've got some plans for fixing the
immediate problem but how to get Debian Installer to use embedded
kernels is a harder problem.


Neil Williams

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