A survey on kernel quality
Posted Jul 10, 2006 4:24 UTC (Mon) by guest
Parent article: A survey on kernel quality
Not too long ago, I heard from a RedHat developer
that the IDE ( disk and CD ) code has no one assigned.
This recent information does not explain why I can't
use my CD-ROM distro boot (from RH8 thru FC5 ) on a
present 350 Mhz, or 450 Mhz Compaq, or a now defunct
generic 266/233 Mhz. Even when installed, the HD wouldn't
boot. I installed an entire FC3 RPMing by HAND after
copying RPM files inside another box from disk1 to disk2
( ide=nodma wasn't enough). Wouldn't older machines have
more burn in and tested code ??? I'll bet a LOT of newbies
have older machines and newbies trying to boot and install from
CD-ROM simply (and silently !!) give up. The IDE appears to
work fine on my +500 Mhz x86 machines. I find it interesting
that my sampling of kernel discussions have had continual
chatter on the IDE for the 10 years or so I've randomly sampled
it. (I'm NOT blaming any developer past or present on the
state of IDE chip developement or variations ).
I understand a new IDE system has been in the wings for some time.
Maybe the big 3 distros should collaborate to support ( $$ speaking )
it's release - and get this bugaboo behind us. IDE ain't going away
Default CD boots on distros should have Minimal functions
until the kernel can tell whats there !! ( ide=nodma in particular. )
This should include things like video res/buffers, etc..
I was informed RH distros CDROM boot are not slimmed down so users
upgrades would go faster.
drivers: still can't use my ancient Colorado HP parallel port scanner,
so I keep it connected to a win98 box. Still can't use any of my
4 or 5 winmodem cards.
my Dell 660Mhz/256 meg ram running FC5 seems to have major
pauses in X/Gnome/metacity when Firefox has more than about
15-20 tabs in 2 windows: it gradually slows down: memory leak ?
( I'm talking 15 seconds or more wait time ).
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