Re: On links and things
Included message from Ian A Murdock <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
>Public opinion time. I've decided to go back to patchlevel 14. I've
>heard complaints that networking isn't quite stable; I know that people
>were very happy with the networking in 0.81 (which contained patchlevel
>14), and I personally have had frequent EXT2 filesystem panics simply
>moving large files around. Perhaps including an ALPHA kernel wasn't
>the wisest decision. Thoughts?
I am one of the people who complained. Then someone sent me mail saying
that networking should work in pl14w. I re-compiled the pl14w kernel
according to my own setup, that is, no SCSI, no CD-ROM, no sound card, no
everything )-: but with SLIP, CSLIP. After a reboot, the SLIP works again,
quite reliably. At least I can transfer file larger than 1 M and I can ping
a machine whole night.
I haven't checked that whether it is because of my own silly mistakes so
that the SLIP does not work with the bundled kernel. I will check that when
I have the time.
But I think it is always a good idea not to include an ALPHA kernel, unless
there are some "obvious" bugs in the BETA. Just my $0.02.
BTW, I think Peter McDonald (?, the SLS maintainer) has patched the kernel
source so that nearly every device drivers is a loadable module. Should we
try that in Debian?