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Re: Etch is REALLY fast! :-)

On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 23:10:25 -0500
Dave Witbrodt <dawitbro@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>    I thought it was particularly hilarious that I had to recompile my 
> entire kernel, whereas my original decision to upgrade to Etch was 
> intended to allow me to preserve it.  Sarge runs XFree86, but my new 
> video card required a new driver blob and kernel module.  The Etch 
> upgrade, of course, installed XOrg and the module I had compiled for 
> Sarge was targetting XFree86.  I thought I could just compile a new 
> kernel module, but then realized that I had just installed a new 
> version of 'gcc'.  I got "gcc version 4.1.2 ..." when I ran 'gcc -v', 
> but I had compiled my kernel with gcc 3.3.5.
>    So, I had a fresh '.config' file to use, and just recompiled the 
> whole kernel along with the ATI module -- it only took about 15 
> minutes.  Later, I realized that there is also a 'gcc-3.3' package on 
> my system, and probably could have just compiled the ATI module alone 
> after all.  (Sometimes ya gotta learn the hard way!)


I'm sure that was a valuable learning experience, but there is an
easier way of installing the ATI drivers. See the packages
fglrx-driver and fglrx-kernel-src, both in the non-free section. The
latter can be auto-installed using module-assistant.



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