[Haifux] Kernel for Fedora: Repository or vanilla?
eli at billauer.co.il
Sat Sep 25 17:37:18 MSD 2010
Oron Peled wrote:
> My conclusion -- either join the ride (I'm doing it for years) or look for
> one of the slower alternatives I mentioned in my earlier post.
Thanks for your input, Oron, even though my conclusion was the opposite:
I just jumped off the ride, before it reaches its final station. I don't
want to be updated. So I suppose that by stopping updates now, I'll have
one upgrade left in the repository (which I'll download in its entity
sooner or later), so I can do small fixes as necessary easily (as was
necessary with mencoder, which didn't take data from stdin due to a
So my choice was to download a 188.8.131.52 kernel from kernel.org, and use
Fedora's configuration as a starting point. The only major change I did
was to activate the NTFS filesystem in my kernel, which isn't even a
module in the distribution kernel. I wonder why not.
I used dracut to create my own initramfs file, which turned out 16 MB
instead of their 12 MB. That's necessary, since my root filesystem is
encrypted, so a password prompt is necessary. And since Fedora thought
it would be cool to do that with a pretty graphical interface, a lot has
to be in place to support that, and hence that massive RAM disk. But who
And yes, I ran into a small bump, which was the KSM service complaining
it can't find the max_kernel_pages file anymore, since the new kernel
has removed that attribute. So I commented out the relevant line in the
script, and so much for that.
Since then (36 hours ago) nothing special has happened. So if I won't
see any Radeon related crashes anymore, I'll mark this one as mission
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