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    Upgrading to a full Debian System. Howto??

    Hello all,

    I'm wanting to take knoppix to sid/unstable. I have read and followed the howto (http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2251#10541) and it works perfectly, but I'm still wondering about the kernel.

    It doesn't seem like it's truly sid unless you run one of the sid kernels (tell me if I'm off base here). Has anyone successfully done this? I tried to install a kernel-image once, but I must have screwed up the configuration somewhere since I got kernel-panic on reboot. I have a feeling this would kill alsa as well, so you'd have to remove knx-alsa and install the debian alsa packages, and no telling what else. I think it would be nice to have a leaner kernel specifically for my athlon, but if somebody knows better, please explain.

    This kernel stuff is kinda wierd to me, so I'm trying to learn more.

    As always, any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    soap

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    There is no reason to use the debian kernel.
    Many people run debian ( or any other distro ) with a custom compiled kernel and it's still debian.

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    Re: Upgrading to a full Debian System. Howto??

    Quote Originally Posted by soapee01
    I think it would be nice to have a leaner kernel specifically for my athlon,
    Have a look at /boot/syscong-blah

    I beleive there are a few tweaks you can make in there for AMD. eadz is right tho- no need to change kernels. A kerenel is a kernel but of course people tweak them for this that and the other. This one just happens to be patched for xfs.

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    Re: Upgrading to a full Debian System. Howto??

    Quote Originally Posted by rickenbacherus
    This one just happens to be patched for xfs.
    Do you mind explaining what this xfs (x font server??) stuff is?

    The more questions people answer, the more questions I have. Thanks for your patience.

    soap

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    XFS is a journaling filesystem w/ rapid recovery from system crashes and the ability to support extremely large disk farms.

    XFS is licensed under the GPL. w00t!!!

    XFS provides 32-bit and full 64-bit file capabilities and can handle filesystems up to 1 terabyte in size. The XFS file system integrates volume management, guaranteed rate I/O, and journaling technology for fast, reliable recovery.

    File systems can be backed up while still in use!

    If you are unfamiliar with journaling file systems- simply put- a journaling file system keeps a 'journal' of what it is writing at all times. In the event of a system crash the filesystem need only refer to the journal to know what was and what was not written back to the disk properly. Previously fsck had to check the ENTIRE disk after a crash- not anymore. The quick recovery time of a journaled file system is attributed to this fact. ReiserFS, JFS, XFS and ext3 are all journaled file systems.

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