27 Jul 2000 prumpf   » (Master)

Played with PA-RISC a bit. Ended up merging with 2.4.0-test5-pre4, fixing the last hacks that were touching architecture-independent code and still have it boot to a functional ELF shell binary (unreleased, as I need to publish the glibc modifications first - it's statically linked, so just giving it away would be a LGPL violation).

Oh, I also wrote a new driver implementing a full-duplex firmware console, which basically means we should have minimal console functionality on all PA-RISC boxes HP did. This is cool, as I don't have access to a lot of them and still like to get boot reports.

The actual work in merging, including writing the driver, was a few hours. The usual wars with CVS are taking longer than that, most of the time spent trying to find excuses not to deal with it.

Anyway, there's a new binary image and a kernel patch at linux-parisc.sourceforge.net

I'm seriously considering moving to patches as sole form of distribution, though they don't keep their own change logs by themselves; merging with a new Linus kernel is a lot easier, and diffs are a lot more compact (I'm trapped behind a modem), especially when gzipped.

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