1 files changed, 11 insertions, 6 deletions
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
- Linux kernel release 2.6.xx <http://kernel.org>
+ Linux kernel release 2.6.xx <http://kernel.org/>
These are the release notes for Linux version 2.6. Read them carefully,
as they tell you what this is all about, explain how to install the
@@ -22,15 +22,17 @@ ON WHAT HARDWARE DOES IT RUN?
Although originally developed first for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher),
today Linux also runs on (at least) the Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC and
- UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH,
+ UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH, Cell,
IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64, AXIS CRIS,
- and Renesas M32R architectures.
+ Cris, Xtensa, AVR32 and Renesas M32R architectures.
Linux is easily portable to most general-purpose 32- or 64-bit architectures
as long as they have a paged memory management unit (PMMU) and a port of the
GNU C compiler (gcc) (part of The GNU Compiler Collection, GCC). Linux has
also been ported to a number of architectures without a PMMU, although
functionality is then obviously somewhat limited.
+ Linux has also been ported to itself. You can now run the kernel as a
+ userspace application - this is called UserMode Linux (UML).
@@ -113,6 +115,7 @@ INSTALLING the kernel:
version 126.96.36.199 and want to jump to 188.8.131.52, you must first
reverse the 184.108.40.206 patch (that is, patch -R) _before_ applying
the 220.127.116.11 patch.
+ You can read more on this in Documentation/applying-patches.txt
- Make sure you have no stale .o files and dependencies lying around:
@@ -161,6 +164,7 @@ CONFIGURING the kernel:
only ask you for the answers to new questions.
- Alternate configuration commands are:
+ "make config" Plain text interface.
"make menuconfig" Text based color menus, radiolists & dialogs.
"make xconfig" X windows (Qt) based configuration tool.
"make gconfig" X windows (Gtk) based configuration tool.
@@ -303,8 +307,9 @@ IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG:
- If you compiled the kernel with CONFIG_KALLSYMS you can send the dump
as is, otherwise you will have to use the "ksymoops" program to make
- sense of the dump. This utility can be downloaded from
+ sense of the dump (but compiling with CONFIG_KALLSYMS is usually preferred).
+ This utility can be downloaded from
+ ftp://ftp.<country>.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/kernel/ksymoops/ .
Alternately you can do the dump lookup by hand:
- In debugging dumps like the above, it helps enormously if you can
@@ -336,7 +341,7 @@ IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG:
If you for some reason cannot do the above (you have a pre-compiled
kernel image or similar), telling me as much about your setup as
- possible will help.
+ possible will help. Please read the REPORTING-BUGS document for details.
- Alternately, you can use gdb on a running kernel. (read-only; i.e. you
cannot change values or set break points.) To do this, first compile the