Saturday, February 9, 2008

Kernel Updates in -Current

Slackware-Current gets kernel updates. I was kinda surprised to see that Pat still uses 2.6.23.x series on this batch of updates instead of 2.6.24.x. Maybe he still need more testing on 2.6.24.x, mainly because it contains quite a big changes (and merge of two architectures). One more thing about Slackware installer is that it will supports network installs from not just NFS, but also HTTP and FTP. Moreover, it can be used as remote install, since it has its own ssh and sshd big grin. The work was being done by Eric aka AlienBOB.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Feb 9 04:48:36 CST 2008
a/device-mapper-1.02.24-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to device-mapper.1.02.24.
Thanks to Piter Punk for the help.

a/glibc-solibs-2.7-i486-6.tgz: Recompiled against Bumped everything to -6 since glibc-zoneinfo has been at -5 already.

a/glibc-zoneinfo-2.7-noarch-6.tgz: Rebuilt.

a/kernel-generic- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor generic.s (requires initrd) kernel.

a/kernel-generic-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP gensmp.s (requires initrd) kernel.

a/kernel-huge- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor huge.s (full-featured) kernel.

a/kernel-huge-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP hugesmp.s (full-featured) kernel.

a/kernel-modules- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor kernel modules.

a/kernel-modules-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel modules.

d/kernel-headers- Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel headers.

k/kernel-source- Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel source.

a/lvm2-2.02.33-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to LVM2.2.02.33.
Thanks to Piter Punk for the help.

l/glibc-2.7-i486-6.tgz: Recompiled against

l/glibc-i18n-2.7-noarch-6.tgz: Rebuilt.

l/glibc-profile-2.7-i486-6.tgz: Recompiled against

l/svgalib_helper-1.9.25_2.6.23.15-i486-1.tgz: Rebuilt for kernels.

xap/xine-lib- Upgraded to xine-lib-

isolinux/initrd.img: Massive overhaul, primarily the work and initiative of Eric Hameleers. Work above and beyond the call of duty. If we gave out medals of honor, this would deserve one. :-)
The installer now supports network installs from not just NFS, but also HTTP and FTP. Please be nice to our mirrors -- this feature is _intended_ for use within private networks from your own "site". Work is also underway to fully support unattended/remote installs. The installer has both a small ssh and sshd (dropbear). Thanks again Eric!
This is something that's been on the drawing board for many years.

isolinux/network.dsk: Upgraded to Linux SMP/UP kernel modules.

isolinux/pcmcia.dsk: Upgraded to Linux SMP/UP kernel modules.

kernels/huge.s/*: Upgraded huge.s kernel to

kernels/hugesmp.s/*: Upgraded hugesmp.s kernel to (SMP).

kernels/speakup.s: Updated to CVS as of 20080204T2334. A few diffs didn't apply cleanly, so let me know if it's broken and I'll see what I can do. Also, some hardware synths that were detected automatically with earlier kernels and/or speakup versions may now need the serial port specified on the kernel boot prompt like this:
speakup.s speakup_synth=dectlk speakup_ser=0
Thanks to Stephen Greeley for bug reports and testing. Hopefully my best guess at a kernel patch to bypass Unicode for now hasn't broken everything.

extra/linux- Updated SMP to no-SMP kernel source patch.