DENX ELDK Kernel
wd at denx.de
Tue Jul 15 23:21:43 EST 2003
in message <DGEEIPOFGGPOACEFBGGCOEGKCAAA.bpadalino at perigee.com> you wrote:
> I am just getting into some embedded linux systems and thought I would
> go with the DENX ELDK since it seemed like the best package out there.
> Unfortunately, one of the requirements of the project is that kernel
> upgradability should be easy.
> I understand that DENX ELDK is always being worked on, and I have
> seen that Wolfgang Denk is amazingly active in this community, so I
> guess my question is -- can I use the linux-ppc kernel patches for the
> latest 2.4 kernels instead of DENX's? Should this requirement of the
> kernel needing to be easily upgradable to any kernel reevaluated?
Short answer: yes, you can. There is no problem.
The development tools and the kernel are more or less independend of
each other (*).
For you that means: you don't have to use the Linux kernel version
that comes included with the ELDK, but you can use any other kernel
> BTW, the platform is very simple and will just be a PPC440GP with a
> gigabit ethernet controller.
Actually, the kernel included with the current release of the ELDK
(kernel version 2.4.4) is pretty old and _not_ suitable for a 4xx
processor at all - for such a CPU you should use the "official"
linuxppc_2_4_devel tree instead (**).
(*) There may be problems if the kernel headers have changed thus
causing incompatibility with those headers used to build the
standard libraries included with the ELDK. But such incompatible
changes happen only very infrequently, and we are not aware of
any such problems with combinations of the current ELDK and the
"official" Linux source trees.
(**) You can also use the copy of the linuxppc_2_4_devel tree on our
CVS server (at the moment this is kernel version 2.4.20) which
will be the base for our next release of the ELDK.
> Any information or insight is very much appreciated.
Hope this helps.
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