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Re: Some 2.6.6 kernel questions

On Tue, Jul 13, 2004 at 06:58:21AM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-07-13 at 07:15, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 10:29:25PM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> > > Just yesterday I grabbed a plain 2.6.8-rc1 kernel
> > > from www.kernel.org/pub/linux/ and it works great
> > > on my Mac Cube. Perhaps you should try that.
> > 
> > And what about kernel-image-2.6.7-powerpc ? Does it work fine also ? And
> > if not did you fill a bug report. If yes, what motivated you to build
> > your own kernel over using the debian provided one ?
> I never trust distribution-provided kernels. They are
> often full of questionable patches, obsolete, and way
> too generic for my taste. They might not even use the
> larger 12x22 console font.

Bah, whatever. try to stay current, the current trend is to have most
debian patches either dropped, or merged upstream. Furthermore, there
are some upstream kernel maintainers part of the kernel team since a few
weeks, and i believe they probably have a better judgement about patches
than even you do. As for obsolet, well, that is a bit ridicoulous, as
2.6.7 is the latest release, and it includes some backport of patches
that will go in 2.6.8.

As for the genericness, since most of the stuff is being modularized,
this is no more the case. And if you have some trouble with the config,
please fill bug reports.

> The 2.6.7 kernel is certainly obsolete now that
> 2.6.8-rc1 is out. :-)  I'm only half kidding; the
> newer kernel has lots of nice fixes and isn't
> generating lots of bug reports.

So ? when 2.6.8 will be released, we will package it.

> I built a kernel that supports my hardware and little
> else, without modules. The hardest part is identifying
> weird Mac hardware. For example, I might not need any
> of these for my Mac Cube:
> CONFIG_ADB_PMU            Support for PMU  based PowerMacs
> CONFIG_PMAC_PBOOK         Power management support for PowerBooks
> CONFIG_PMAC_BACKLIGHT     Backlight control for LCD screens
> CONFIG_SND_SEQ_DUMMY      Sequencer dummy client
> CONFIG_USB_HIDDEV         /dev/hiddev raw HID device support
> CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDEDMA_PCI Generic PCI bus-master DMA support
> CONFIG_LLC2               ANSI/IEEE 802.2 LLC type 2 Support
> CONFIG_SERIO              Serial i/o support
> (tell me if you know)

Hehe. well, i perfectly know serio is not in the current kernel, and
many of the above will be kicked out as soon as it is modularized.

> I also don't know if I2C would be useful to me. I enabled
> just enough to see that I have 2 buses.


> I know exactly where my kernel is, and exactly where it
> came from:
> make menuconfig
> make vmlinux
> mv System.map-2.6.8-rc1 /boot
> mv vmlinux-2.6.8-rc1 /boot
> cp config-2.6.8-rc1 /boot
> joe /etc/yaboot.conf
> ybin

Yes, sure, but you also do know the same about the debian kernel. OR at
least you could.


Sven Luther

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