Re: Bug#319878: kernel-image-2.6-686: the entire range of 2.6 deb ian kernels do not install on m/cs with <= 48mb RAM
On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 11:56:21AM -0300, Humberto Massa Guimar?es wrote:
> ** Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton ::
> > telling people to "roll their own" kernel (mr horms) isn't an
> > acceptable option, either. i may be able to do that (mr horms)
> > but other people won't be able to.
> > you going (mr horms) to tell me and people like me that i
> > should throw away perfectly good hardware????
> This was less than polite.
so is out-of-hand dismissal of bug reports that clearly indicate a
lack of thought and foresight, and such dismissal causes me to pretty
much see red.
> > possible solutions:
> > * fix the bloody 2.6 kernel so it doesn't use so much damn memory.
> > * fix the debian-specific, debian-created and debian-responsible
> > initrd ramdisk so it doesn't require so much damn memory.
> > * provide an alternate "compact" ramdisk if fixing the "default"
> > ramdisk isn't a viable option.
> Remember Debian is a volunteer-driven organization. Implement the features you need yourself and then ask (politely) for the inclusion of your contribution. Or, you can ask (more politely still) for someone more knowledgeable than you (like Horms) to implement one of your suggestions. But what you should NOT do is to demand features like your e-mail seemed to.
if you read it carefully, you will note that the wording
doesn't make any demands. it _does_ however hint at some socially
my bug report invites you to consider the impact that such
a policy decision "roll your own or install 2.4 on anything
with <= 48mb of ram", made by mr horms, will have on the
when the 2.4 kernel is no longer maintained / supported
by debian, in oh [wild guess] 2-3 years time, anyone not
sufficiently technically competent who is using debian on
such older hardware is left completely shafted.
the machine which i cannot put a standard debian 2.6 kernel
on is somewhere around a P90 or P150 i forget which and don't
anyone who is still installing debian linux on this kind of
hardware is going to be either extremely technically competent
or is going to be extremely poor or both.
as a technically aware expert like yourselves, i am perfectly
capable of "rolling my own" or "installing 2.4".
other people less fortunate than you, myself or mr horms, can do no
such people RELY on us to get these things right.
_that's_ what makes me so xxxxing angry and that's why i re-raised the
p.s. 2.4 kernels don't support udev or hotplug. what happens
in two-three years time when packages start to critically
depend on udev and hotplug?