Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Jan. 17 2006,18:08
|Quote (roberts @ Jan. 17 2006,03:45)|
|With the current 2.4.31 based system.|
we lost scsi boot device support
we lost zip drive support.
we have issuses with pcmcia support
we have issues with wifi support
we have issues with usb boot support
we have gained sata drive support.
Well many may not notice these things, others do.
We have lost some users, or at minimum made it very difficult for them to remain among us.
This also seems to be a temporary solution.
There are other features that I would like to try to take advantage of that only 2.6.x will provide.
I was unaware of the DSL/knoppix 3.7 RC testing period, so I can't comment on the issues encountered other than the ALSA one. I did notice that when booting a stock KNOPPIX 3.7 livecd, you need to specify the ALSA driver name in the boot cheatcode ( knoppix alsa=snd_mydriver) because the default boottime autodetection was suspended for some reason.
As for the other DSL 2.x issues,
SCSI boot support is removed for space issues and can be addressed by the user with the modules directory
zip drive boot support can be addressed with a custom boot disk like was done in older versions of DSL
I have a hunch that USB boot support can be improved by tweaking the linuxrc and maybe add a few cheatcode options. For example, maybe a cheatcode "nousb2" to disable the autoloading of ehci-hcd can be added.
But the big problems are in the area of pcmcia and wifi support, for which there is no clear solution in sight. However, I would hope that jumping from 2.4.26 to 2.4.27 would not break these like the jump from 2.4.26 to 2.4.31 did, especially since knoppix went through a few rounds of bugfixes in the 3.7 series, just like the 3.4 series once did.
As for beating up the livecd maintainers, these people need to get a life. Other than the removal of SCSI modules to stay under 50MB, no intentional effort was made to "break" hardware support for anyone. The upgrade was done using a nearly stock linux kernel, so no kernel hacking tricks were done to break support for hardware. In fact, the "compile your own driver" process was made easier by the packaging of the appropriate sources, configs, patches, and compiler tools vs. the old days of "Download the entire KNOPPIX 3.4 5-17-2004 livecd" and go to work. It is inevitable that some things won't work after making a major change, and both the maintainers and the forum/irc members have made reasonable efforts to help when they can.
I also look forward to the DSL with 2.6.x project. I just hope that:
The base system size is in the same general ballpark as current DSL (50-64megs) so that "toram" can be used in most computers.
Some way to do a bootfloppy can be developed. Maybe a 2 floppy disk root/boot LILO or GRUB system instead of a single floppy SYSLINUX system?
I wish you the best of luck with the effort.