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Re: kernel

> On Tue, 08 Feb 2000, JF Martinez wrote:
> >
> > By the way I reiterate the demand for a volunteer willing to take
> > charge of the tassk of producing top notch kernels: the one in RedHat
> > 6.1 seems a bit fat and I am sure there are features who could be made
> > modular.
> > 
> >
> I can help with this now that I have the room and the speed. Also I
> will be maintaining a mirror of the Indy 6.1-0.8 directory. I feel like
> experimenting with the kernel anyway. The only thing I do not have is a
> high speed connection to the net;-(
> When you refer to "the task of producing top notch kernels", are you
> referring to making an Indy specific build every new kernel version or
> just when we release each version of Indy?

At version release or when it fiwxes security bugs.

About why I insist so muvh in quality kernels, rationale is: It _is_
possible to ship precompiled kernels whose performance is good enough
for the user not _needing_ recompiling the kernel, except for fun (see
my paper in Linux Gazette as a proof).  Therefore shipping mediocre
kernels should be considered as shabby work.  Rely on the user
recompiling means keeping away from Linux all those people who don't
have the skill or the time to do it and consolidate the legend of
Linux being a hackers-only system.  Spelled in other words: shipping
mediocre kernels is high treason and distribution maintainers doing it
(except for Pat Volkerding) should be shot.  :-)

> I will probably also maintain builds of KDE and Xfree86 from time to
> time. I am still not sure when I will add more HD space to my new box.

You will need 500 Megs of disk space for building XFree.  Also be
careful about the BuildRoot because it tends to point to /tmp and it
will install at least 100 Megs and you probably don't have so much
free space in the / filesystem.

About the kernels building: rpm -ba kernel.spec will build all the 386
pacakegs, the source, headers and the installation kernel.  For
getting optimized kernels you need to reiterate with "rpm -bb
--target=i586 kernel.spec" and then the same with --target=i686

> I have been playing around with KRASH and had a thought of building an
> Indy RPM if anyone would be interested?? The RPM would allow you to
> switch between Kd1.x and KRASH. The new version of kppp has added
> the AutoDNS option. The problem is uploading it, but I will not waist
> my time unless someone on the list is interested. It is alpha code, but
> fairly stable. Good enough to check out the new features.

Krask will be for next version.  I think it is too late to add things

> Also, a little off topic. But is everything going to fit on a CD? I
> tried to build an ISO image to burn onto a CDRW when I downloaded
> everything a while back and it would not fit.

THe ftp siyte still has RedHat's graphic installer.  It is so big I
decided we will keeep the older, text based one used in 6.0.  This one
is about 30 Megs smaller.

> Also BTW Jean, please use the Indialib program located in the
> indialer-1.0-2.2.tar.gz I made a couple of corrections since I uploaded
> the first one.


			Jean Francois Martinez

Project Independence: Linux for the Masses