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Re: Feedback on patch to PowerPC ports pmac page requested

On Sat, Oct 22, 2005 at 07:24:23PM -0700, Shyamal Prasad wrote:
> Hi all,
> http://www.us.debian.org/ports/powerpc/inst/pmac is quite out of
> date. I use new Mac hardware (G5), and have little experience with
> minimal installs of Debian since potato. Comments on the patch below
> would be appreciated. I will send this to debian-www after any
> corrections that might be required.
> Cheers!
> Shyamal
> Index: pmac.wml
> ===================================================================
> RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/ports/powerpc/inst/pmac.wml,v
> retrieving revision 1.14
> diff -u -r1.14 pmac.wml
> --- pmac.wml	13 Oct 2005 19:49:36 -0000	1.14
> +++ pmac.wml	23 Oct 2005 02:16:20 -0000
> @@ -25,15 +25,13 @@
>  <p>
> -As a general rule, hardware newer than 2001 or so is more well
> -supported by the more-recent 2.4 series of Linux kernels. The standard
> -Debian installation still uses the 2.2 series, which will basically
> -work. But the accessories such as sound, sleep, airport, and the like
> -are not supported well, if at all, in the 2.2 series. So if you have a
> -newer machine, go through the normal installation, then plan on one
> -extra step when you get done to upgrade the kernel. Debian has made
> -the kernel upgrade process as easy as getting a new program - and
> -that itself is very easy in Debian.
> +As a general rule, newer hardware is better supported by the newer
> +Linux kernels. The standard Debian installation uses the 2.6 series
> +and this should work for most hardware. If you are installing a
> +powerpc flavour kernel (on Apple Power Macintosh system up to and
> +including the G4) you also have the option of choosing a 2.4 kernel in
> +case your hardware is really old. However most hardware built after
> +2001 should be well supported by the default 2.6 kernel.

No way, there is no chance of a 2.4 kernel supporting more hardware than the
2.6 kernels, the only reason to keep it at all was for those people needing
external modules which where not rewritten for 2.6, and because of a
at-that-time-unsolved in the miboot floppies generator. 

The other reason to use 2.4 kernels was if you ran apus or if nubus powermacs,
but the first one, i know 4 users left and the first of those tested it
yesterday since sarge, while the second was not officially supported in sarge,
altough this may change for etch.

For etch, there will be no 2.4 kernel except for nubus, as apus has moved to
2.6 too, and we fixed the miboot floppies issue.


Sven Luther

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