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Tom Rini trini at
Wed Apr 10 05:47:21 EST 2002

On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 12:23:57PM -0700, Michael Sokolov wrote:
> Tom Rini <trini at> wrote:
> > Well, take a look at what the file used to look like in _devel.  It was
> > around 30-40 lines of that.  Which is not nice to look at.
> So what's more important, a pretty look or better functionality for the user?
> > Well, it's a much better system if you want to group unlike hardware
> > together in one kernel. :)
> Which is what I want to do, and which is the RTTD for distributions like
> Debian.

Taking debian as an example here.  You certainly wouldn't stick a zImage
for every board into 1 package.  Why?  It'd be a 20mb package and as it
is a few people dislike the number of vmlinux's in the -pmac package.
So you only 'win' if you have a common, _bootable_ image on all of these
boards.   And while it is possible that there could be a common
firmware, I'm not holding my breath. :)

And the other point is that this makes it less clean to add in a new
board port.

> > Well, if ISA slots exist on the board, and should be working, they
> > should just work.  And when BenH merges in prep/chrp, it'll be needed.
> > But the question is do you really want to offer this up on machines
> > where it's not tested?
> I want to have configurable CONFIG_PCI and CONFIG_ISA support for
> CONFIG_GENERIC_PPC32. Generic means that things like this must be
> configurable.

But what if they aren't really configurable?  You could turn off
CONFIG_PCI, but I don't think you'd get too far on most[1] systems.

Tom Rini (TR1265)

[1]: Most, not all, most.  I know there's 8xx and others...

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