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Re: Are there precompiled fully patched Debian kernels?

On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 21:05 +0100, Michael Pronath wrote:
> Hi all,
> we are currently trying to find out whether SuSE, Redhat or Debian suits 
> best our needs for our 20+ Linux desktop clients + few laptops office 
> network.  There is one thing that would certainly put Debian out of the 
> competition so I want to check back if the following is true:
> Some things that we need don't work with the pure kernels.  For example, 
> OpenAFS needs patches for the 2.6 kernels, cryptoloop needs patches for 
> the 2.4 kernels, SATA (libata/ata_piix) needs patches in the 2.4 
> kernels, openafs-modules needs to be compiled for the 2.4 kernels.  It 
> seems to us, that all of this stuff is included in the precompiled 2.6 
> kernel from SuSE, whereas using Debian would require us to patch and 
> compile the kernel on our own.  We think so because we didn't find a 
> similarly heavily patched, precompiled Debian kernel via apt.
> Patching, compiling and *testing* operating system kernels on our own is 
> definitely not an option for us.  What we need are working tested kernel 
> images and modules packages including these patches, and being updated 
> automatically via network for security updates.  So far, this seems to 
> be impossible with Debian, but I'd suppose many Linux users consider 
> this as crucial, so I wondered and ask.
> Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Just out of curiosity:

- Why are you mixing 2.4 & 2.6 kernels?  Why not just standardize
  on 2.6.x?
- Why AFS?  It's pretty esoteric, and so doesn't get that much 
  testing.  You want it for laptop synchronization?

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