Hm. Amusing. Found the answer to my RedHat 7.1 beta boot/install problems in... *drumroll* Alan Cox's 2.4.2 patch from March 6th. Now to go wake up the Bugzilla kernel support team over at RedHat as to what the left hand has been doing. Assuming this new kernel I'm building actually works properly with DMA, that is.
Update: Actually, after doing some more digging and swapping a few cables around, it appears that I have a bad 80-pin IDE cable. I managed to figure this out after tracking down a VIA UDMA error report that someone had sent to the kernel mailing list (matching my errors from the 2.4.x kernel exactly) that Andre Hedrick had replied to saying that it was a cable crosstalk issue, likely due to a bad cable. Amazingly enough, this problem only cropped up for me in the 2.4.x kernel... Windows and 2.2.x-series Linux worked beautifully for me. Ah well. Time to go let the RHAT folks in on the good news. Fortunately I figured this out before posting about the AC patches. :)
I've been reading the various "eFront" ICQ logs that've been floating around there. Vastly amusing stuff, as it's a beautiful "insider's look" into the online advertising biz. Lots of controversy over this stuff though, so it will be interesting to see the ramifications that occur.
Glad to see voltron doing a hacking binge on ithought. I definitely need to motivate my sorry butt towards seriously learning GTK programming at some point. If you have any resource recommendations for learning GTK, feel free to drop them my way.
Walking my roommate through reinstalling Windows and Linux this evening. Definitely a Good Thing, since he's been complaining about not having enough space for Windows and not being able to cleanly use his LInux partition. So far we're up to waiting for Windows to slowly creep along through its install process... *twiddle*
Sigh. Looks like company politics are going to kill off yet another promise that was made to employees. I don't blame the people forced to make the decisions that are being made, I blame the people responsible for making those decisions be forced ones in the first place. It's just sad and disappointing to see yet another benefit provided to employees being scaled back from what was promised.