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Debian kernel for Loongson

Summary: "travel advice" wanted

Hello Debian MIPS people,

This E-mail is asking for the shortest way to a Debian Linux kernel
for a MIPS mini PC.
I assume I have the same kind of hardware as Andreas Barth is talking
about in http://lists.debian.org/debian-mips/2010/05/msg00001.html
I'm aware of http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=583689
where "aba" is also in action.

In other words: others are allready in pursuit and I wanna got after then.

So the challenge I'm facing is 'How to catch up?' !
And my main worries are to loose valuable time on things that could have
been avoided.

Hence my list of questions:

* Will cross compiling on an AMD64 get to the wanted result?
* Would a "native compile" a safer bet? ( 'safer' as in being
  more sure to get _faster_ to result )
* How to identify that a recent and proper working toolchain
  is available?
* From which location to get the Linux kernel source? ( IOW
  how to get to a state as http://bugs.debian.org/583689 describes? )
* When having the "right" Linux kernel source, how to get to the
  "right"  .config file?

If I missed the roadplan for my destination, then please point me to
the documentation I'm looking for.

Geert Stappers

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