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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense based on newer Versions

From: Kevin M. Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense based on newer Versions
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 09:50:17 -0400
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A killer for me is KVM - I've run this on kernels as old as 2.6.18, but
it didn't officially appear until 2.6.20. KVM is something that, for me,
it crucial.

Also, at the time of the Dapper release, kqemu was non-free software.
Because of the KVM inclusion, they released under GPL. This is a
critical application for my workloads.

I don't think shifting the release as a base is a good idea, however. I
personally think that a community maintained repo for additional
packages should be created. Unfortunatly, I realize that this also
requires manpower that I'm sure can't be spared. :(

Backporting new kernels, while quite useful, is also a huge task,
especially when the kernel is one of the central changes in gNewSense.
Could we be sure that we'd eliminate all non-free code in 4 concurrent
kernels? Are we even sure we've got it all out in our one kernel?

Justin Baugh wrote:
>> The main reason is drivers. From what I have personally experienced
>> based on ease of install (not from actual factual evidence), fiesty
>> has way more new drivers. Granted, many of them may be proprietary but
>> I believe there are also new OSS ones. I need a more experienced
>> ubuntu person to clarify this one though.
>> Comrade Ringo Kamens
> I don't believe Feisty has drivers that would be useful to us, for the
> most part. The linux kernel, however, which is in feisty, has a number of
> free drivers that would be great to have (SATA chipsets, etc) - as well as
> the fact that there has been acres of work done on things like ACPI and
> suspend/hibernate support, as I mentioned.
> -Justin
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