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Re: what is bf2.4, actually?

On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 09:16:03AM -0400, Duane Winner wrote:
> I'm relatively new to Debian, and have had pretty good success with it
> so far, but am trying to become more knowledgable about it.
> Could somebody please breifly explain to me what the bf2.4 variant on
> the 2.4.18 kernel in Woody is all about?
> Why is it called bf2.4?
> What makes it different from a standard 2.4.18?

The "bf" stands for "boot-floppies", which is the name of the
installation system for woody and earlier. It doesn't necessarily
involve floppy disks, despite the name.

"bf2.4" is the name of the installation flavour that installs the system
with a 2.4 kernel right from the start. (This wasn't made the default
because 2.4 wasn't sufficiently stable at the time when the choice of
woody's default kernel needed to be made, way back when.)

When you see "bf2.4" in a kernel package's version number, it indicates
the fairly stripped-down kernel that's installed by default when you
install the bf2.4 flavour. You can replace it with a more normal kernel
like kernel-image-2.4.18-1-686 and variants if you like.


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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