Unnecessary rant - Was: Re: USB networking in Ubuntu

Richard Cooke richard.mallender at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 13:38:10 CEST 2008

Andy Green wrote:
> Yes, there is another way to get this issue unfortunately too.  We moved
> ~ USB over Ethernet support on the Freerunner into a module.  But, it's
> commonly written around that folks should update their kernel by DFU.
> This was never a good idea for a modular kernel (it does nothing to
> update the modules) and now it's a really bad idea.
> If you update your kernel by the packaging from inside the Freerunner it
> won't make this problem as it updates the modules at the same time (now,
> anyway, there were other problems with that method until recently).
> If that's what's happened (try the Uboot update first though because
> that fits the symptom as well) best plan is nuke these guys on your
> device (kernel + matching rootfs) with dfu
> http://buildhost.openmoko.org/releases/Freerunner/
> and start over.
> - -Andy

Thanks. This seems to be the problem. I will reflash with DFU. I am not
clear though how to avoid the same situation when I come to upgrade the
phone again as I used opkg over ssh to upgrade and have not used dfu at all.

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