Nicolas314

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Debian upgrades on Junior

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Junior runs Debian. Debian gets upgraded, so Junior gets upgraded.

Unfortunately this upgrade comes with a kernel upgrade, requiring re-compilation of all specific drivers: sis7019 for sound, ndiswrapper for WiFi and the webcam-specific drivers. I tried to install Debian packages from testing but could not get anything so I tried manual re-compilation. This failed miserably because the kernel headers have changed in some incompatible way. Time for me to Google my way out of this and I could finally get anything back to a usable state.

I am getting quite annoyed by the regular changes in kernel interfaces. There must be other ways of maintaining a kernel without requiring every driver writer to maintain their code for each new release, especially for a piece of software that is 15 years old now.

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Written by nicolas314

Tuesday 29 January 2008 at 10:56 pm

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